Comment: You ask what does Christian love look like for an enemy?

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You ask what does Christian love look like for an enemy?

I am not so sure that I know. So far my life has been relatively easy.

I was surprised last night when I came across this link. There were certain Believers who would not participate in the Revolutionary War because they would not take up arms against a human. The Amish in our community still wont. Not even if someone breaks in their house. I have been personally told that in order to protect his family, one Amish Bishop stood in the doorway between some criminals and his family and took a beating. They will not kill a human. That information is far from my "Christian" upbringing as I was taught that patriotic Americans did their duty and went to war. I am wondering what America would have looked like if all had refused to take up arms.

http://www.anabaptists.org/history/anabaptists-during-revolu...

"The Liberties of Nonresistant Christians. Some Americans supported neither side in the Revolution. Instead, as Mennonite and German Baptist leaders said in 1775, "We have dedicated ourselves to serve all men in everything that can be helpful to the preservation of men's lives, but...we are not at liberty in conscience to take up arms to conquer our enemies, but rather to pray to God, who has power in heaven and on earth, for us and them." Chief among these nonresistant Christians were the Quakers, Mennonites, German Baptists, Moravians, and Schwenkfelders."

Talk about conscientious objectors! It looks like the Vietnam "draft dogers" were not the first to go to Canada
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirk_Willems
There the account of a man named being pursued due to religious persecution, who turned and rendered aid to his pursuer after he fell in a frozen pond. The man was later burned at the stake even though he had helped his enemy.

I believe there is a side to Christianity that I know very little about.

You ask, how do we implement love? I would say that Ron Paul told us. It is the Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have done unto you. I think Ron Paul showed us by being involved in government and treating people with civility. By trying to make a difference by positive action. I think that is why he suggested that we become politically active at the local level.

I think just like Christians have been hoodwinked by Neocons, that Christians have been hoodwinked by Warmongers. It is a case of doing what seems logical instead of doing what is found in the Scrptures. Jesus preached a sermon recorded in Matthew 5, 6 & 7. It is called the Sermon on the Mount.

Jesus said: in Matthew 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

You ask:

“How should it be practiced toward the Boston Marathon Bombers.
For those of us here who are so deep into hatred and fear and disgust and remorse and depression and anger over our Government, what does this mean and equally importantly, how can we put it into practice?”

I think the direction of Jesus is 2 fold. 1) do good to them and 2) pray for them.

I am reminded of another Amish story where the man broke into the Amish school years ago and murdered the children. This is what the Amish community did https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amish_school_shooting#Amish_co... :

“On the day of the shooting, a grandfather of one of the murdered Amish girls was heard warning some young relatives not to hate the killer, saying, "We must not think evil of this man."[15] Another Amish father noted, "He had a mother and a wife and a soul and now he's standing before a just God."[16] Jack Meyer, a member of the Brethren community living near the Amish in Lancaster County, explained: "I don't think there's anybody here that wants to do anything but forgive and not only reach out to those who have suffered a loss in that way but to reach out to the family of the man who committed these acts."[15]
A Roberts family spokesman said an Amish neighbor comforted the Roberts family hours after the shooting and extended forgiveness to them.[17] Amish community members visited and comforted Roberts' widow, parents, and parents-in-law. One Amish man held Roberts' sobbing father in his arms, reportedly for as long as an hour, to comfort him.[18] The Amish have also set up a charitable fund for the family of the shooter.[19] About 30 members of the Amish community attended Roberts' funeral,[18] and Marie Roberts, the widow of the killer, was one of the few outsiders invited to the funeral of one of the victims.[20]
Marie Roberts wrote an open letter to her Amish neighbors thanking them for their forgiveness, grace, and mercy. She wrote, "Your love for our family has helped to provide the healing we so desperately need. Gifts you've given have touched our hearts in a way no words can describe. Your compassion has reached beyond our family, beyond our community, and is changing our world, and for this we sincerely thank you."[20] The Amish do not normally accept charity, but due to the extreme nature of the tragedy, donations were accepted. Richie Lauer, director of the Anabaptist Foundation, said the Amish community, whose religious beliefs prohibit them from having health insurance, will likely use the donations to help pay the medical costs of the hospitalized children.[21]
Some commentators criticized the quick and complete forgiveness with which the Amish responded, arguing that forgiveness is inappropriate when no remorse has been expressed, and that such an attitude runs the risk of denying the existence of evil,[22][23][24] while others were supportive.[25][26] Donald Kraybill and two other scholars of Amish life noted that "letting go of grudges" is a deeply rooted value in Amish culture, which remembers forgiving martyrs including Dirk Willems and Jesus himself. They explained that the Amish willingness to forgo vengeance does not undo the tragedy or pardon the wrong, but rather constitutes a first step toward a future that is more hopeful.[27][28]”
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I think I have a lot to learn. And I am thinking the simple people in my community who don't use electricity may understand more about love than I do.

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