We must love our enemies? Even if our enemies are plotting to destroy us? Even if our enemies seek to invade our lands, distort our societies with heresy, blasphemy, and disrespect our Christian heritage? Are we to love our enemies, even if our love will pave the road to our demise?
What does jesus REALLY mean when he commands us to ‘love our enemies’?
Contemporary catholic philosophy seems to lean toward the idea of relentlessly loving ones enemy, even when ones enemy strives to engineer Christianity’s demise. This philosophical interpretation of jesus’ message of insatiable love and forgiveness can be found within the sentiments held by those today who believe Europe must remain open to a never ending introduction of Muslim, non European immigration. Greeting unfettered Muslim immigration with closed doors, even for the sake of Christian stability, growth and Christian hegemony, is perceived as selfish, uncaring, cold - and therefore un-Christ like.
However, I find myself confused by today’s modern interpretation, and consequently I find myself questioning this line of reasoning.
Loving ones enemy - welcoming ones enemy into Christian society, along with their disrespect, blasphemy, anti Christian political machinations, even to the point of self sacrifice - doesn’t seem very Christian to me. Such an idea seems to reflect a deviation from Christian ideology to the ideology of self harm and suicide.
I’d appreciate some enlightenment.