Luke 6:27-28 NRSV
27 “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
I spent yesterday keeping one eye on my fact check app, watching conspiracy theories and outright fabrications from both Left and Right fly through the interwebz. Some of them made me laugh out loud, others made me shake my head. All of them made me wonder how anyone comes up with these things.
Periodically I checked Facebook. Someone had said that “all those supposed Christians are celebrating that the President is sick!” And maybe that was happening someplace, but I did not see any such thing on my feed. Probably at least 50% of my friends are ministers, and another 30% are Christian lay people. I did not see any of them celebrating his sickness. Oh, there were a few who suggested he deserved to get Covid after denying it was serious for so long, but no one celebrated.
Rather, what I saw was an outpouring of prayer for his well being, and the First Lady’s, even from the most anti-Trump people I know. They did not suddenly start liking him, or supporting his re-election, but they did pray for his health. They did this because they are Christians, and Jesus was pretty clear about who we are supposed to love. Everyone! Friend, enemy, stranger - everyone. Loving someone means you don’t want them to die of such a terrible disease no matter how much you might dislike them.
Whether you support or oppose the President’s re-election, I would invite all to pray for his recovery, and the First Lady’s, and that of everyone who has contracted the novel coronavirus.
Lord God of all people, help us to remember that we are to love every single one of your children. No exceptions. We ask the blessing of your healing love upon the President, the First Lady, and all who suffer because of this dreadful virus. Amen.