Do Conservative Christians Have Christ’s Love for Obama and Hillary? We Should.

Mockery and self-righteous scorn move too many from opposing their policies to despising them.

By Michael Brown Published on September 6, 2016

Along with many other conservatives, I believe Barack Obama has been one of our worst presidents and dread the thought of a Hillary Clinton presidency. I believe both of them have damaged our country in significant ways, and I steadfastly oppose some of their most cherished policies. But that does not give me permission to harbor a visceral hatred for them. God forbid.

Yet attitudes like this are all too common in our conservative Christian circles, circles which could better be described as “CONSERVATIVE christian,” circles in which those whom we oppose can be vilified in the name of righteousness.

We feel justified in mocking their appearance or denigrating their families or criticizing them for the most minor infraction, and we do it because we have moved from opposing their destructive policies to despising them as people, as if they deserve our self-righteous scorn.

We’re even happy to see Hillary have another coughing fit on the latest YouTube video. Maybe we’ll retweet it and add a snappy comment, too. After all, she’s wicked! And just look at that pathetic pants suit!

I wonder how the Lord feels about all this? I wonder if we have forgotten Paul’s directive that stated, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12:21)?

Do you remember what Christopher Hitchens wrote when Rev. Jerry Falwell died? Hitchens referenced Falwell’s “carcass” and proclaimed, “Like many fanatical preachers, Falwell was especially disgusting in exuding an almost sexless personality while railing from dawn to dusk about the sex lives of others.” Hitchens opined, “The evil that he did will live after him,” then ended his article by stating, “It’s a shame that there is no hell for Falwell to go to …”

Hitchens felt perfectly justified in expressing these ill-timed sentiments because he judged Falwell to be evil. Are we no better than this deceased atheist?

More recently, with the passing of conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, hostile voices from the left began to pile on, with tweets like these: “On the one hand it’s a shame Phyllis Schlafly died, but on the other it’s always heartwarming when Satan calls one of his own home” (Jeb Lund, now with Rolling Stone); and, “God never takes a Gene Wilder without relieving us of a Phyllis Schlafly” (Julie Klausner, with over 100,000 Twitter followers); and, “We absolutely get to celebrate the passing of someone who worked for 70 years to reinforce oppressive, violent systems in this country” (Katie Klabusich, host of the Katie Speak Show).

How do you feel when you read these words, words which display such a deep disdain for Schlafly that they were posted the same day she died? It’s one thing for her ideological opponents to oppose her while she’s alive and to hold to those differences after her death, but to mock her on the day of her death is to cross an ugly line.

Yet the truth be told, some “conservative Christians” would have a hard time restraining their glee if something tragic happened to President Obama or candidate Clinton. After all, we think to ourselves, they are terrible people who are hurting our great nation. And so, we justify our sinful attitudes in the name of righteous indignation.

A black pastor told one of my white colleagues that when he and his friends hear someone criticizing Obama, it’s as if that person was criticizing their own son.

I have found that comment to be useful, and so, while I speak forcefully and freely about my staunch disagreements with our president, always do so with several things in mind: 1) he is the first African-American president, bringing a real sense of pride to many African Americans, therefore I will speak carefully; 2) he is my president, like it or not, therefore I will speak with respect; and 3) I also want to say something redemptive, such as, “I’ve been praying that he will be our greatest president, but so far, he has been a terrible disappointment.”

When Bill Clinton was president, I agreed with many of Rush Limbaugh’s salvos against him, but I would never call him “Slick Willy,” as Rush famously did (and does). Yet other conservative Christians had no problem echoing these words, believing that Clinton’s failings deserved such scorn, even saying things like, “Jesus called Herod a fox (Luke 13:32), so I can call Clinton Slick Willy.”

They conveniently forgot that they were far closer to the character of Clinton than to the character of Jesus.

I’m all for denouncing what I believe to be the sinful policies of Obama and Hillary, as well as exposing and rebuking corruption wherever it is found (including Hillary’s email server). If someone’s actions are wicked, we can brand them as such. But let us do so with a heart that longs to see these leaders transformed by God’s love, that prays for them as we would pray for a family member, that is determined to walk in undefiled light, and that recognizes that we too have failings that call for repentance and contrition.

We can do that if we put CHRISTIAN first and conservative second; we will fail miserably if we reverse the two.

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  • Aaron Brown

    I agree with you Dr. Brown.I have fallen into this trap before, so thank you for giving this reminder that we are not fighting the people; rather, the policies. Far too often I have seen Christians using the low tactics that are used by the world. We should always remember to be civil in our discussions with non-believers because when we attack them personally; we do more harm than good.

    • We should always remember to be civil in our discussions with believers because when we attack them personally; we do more harm than good, too.

      But more to the point, apart from this practical, pragmatic argument, if we’re not kind, not respectful, how do we differ from the worst of our opponents? If we’re supposed to be the good guys, we have to act like it, and not be a mirror image of the cruel, exactly the same, merely superficially reversed.

      • Robert M Ramstad

        Who are our so-called opponents, unbelievers? Or, people who disagree with you?

    • Robert M Ramstad

      You attack anyone who doesn’t agree with you

  • Robert M Ramstad

    No Christian can vote for Donald Trump unless you believe you and Don are special. I as an ordinary christian will vote a straight Dem ticket. Democrats put the butter on ordinary peoples bread.

    • Patmos

      Let them eat butter?

      If you can’t see James Comey’s statement on Hillary’s guilt as a very serious problem then there is no hope for you.

    • John_33✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      I find it odd that you oppose Donald Trump when you actually agree with some of his policies. He advocates for a better relationship with Russia. Meanwhile, Hillary is practically threatening war against Russia to distract from the DNCLeak.

      I partially agree with your assessment of US foreign policy. They are not doing the right thing in Ukraine. Hillary is also complicit in the deaths of many, many people. In the 1990s, the Clintons sided with radical terrorists in the Balkans. This included Osama bin Laden’s forces and future would-be 9.11 hijackers. This is exactly why people shouldn’t vote for Hillary. Realistically, there are two people who will win in this election: either Trump or Hillary.

      As undesirable as Trump may be to some people, he did not nearly commit the crimes that Hillary has. He’s a successful businessman with a proven record of creating jobs and negotiating multi-million dollar deals. He has also demonstrated competence and foresight in foreign policy by warning about the situation in Brussels two months before they were hit with a terrorist attack. He also correctly predicted the British EU referendum and has made cogent points on the situation in the Middle East.

      Rather than keep the same failed policies for the past 30 years, Trump is offering something new. Many Democrats are refusing to vote Republican, but they are voting for Trump.

      • Robert M Ramstad

        He just bought his way out of a lawsuit that alleged he defrauded students. Paid off the DA> with money from his supporters.

      • Robert M Ramstad

        I have to own that part! I do believe that Russia should be folded into the EU. But, I’m very fearful that Trump will enable racist sexist homophobic, misogynistic behavior. If he gives haters a platform I predict a civil war. not at the voters booth.

    • AAACarpenter

      Actually, the democrats put butter on welfare peoples bread, it is the ordinary people who work so welfare can be paid.
      One of the dumbest things I have ever heard is, “Christians,” who vote for democrats because they believe it will bring Christ back faster. Everything about the left is, “anti-Christ,” so basically you are voting for the AC.
      No, “real,” Christian can vote for Clinton with a clear conscience, she is farther left than Obama.

      • Robert M Ramstad

        Absolutely!
        The ambulance should demand 2,000 cash or no haul, welfare sucker. so Christian!
        Jesus sent us a message when he threw the money lenders out. We are to follow the NT not the Torah. The NT supplants the Old. The OT should be used as a reference and historical record. So if there is a dispute between OT and NT, we should give more weight to the “Good News” to love one another.

    • truelinguist

      Um, who died and made you God? I am a Christian, and I am voting for Donald Trump. Deal with it. I’ve read the New Testament many times, I can’t find the passage that says “Thou shalt vote the same way as Robert Ramstead.” FAIL

      • Robert M Ramstad

        The only people voting for D. Trump are Evangelicals claiming to be Christian. There is very little difference between Evangelicals Thugs and Wahabi “Head chopper” Thugs. Both are extreme, Both want theocracies. Both are anti-democratic and at best want apartheid.
        Jesus sent us a message when he threw the money lenders out. We are to follow the NT not the Torah. The NT supplants the Old. The OT should be used as a reference and historical record. So if there is a dispute between OT and NT, we should give more weight to the “Good News” to love one another.

      • Robert M Ramstad

        You don’t have to follow my advice. People who trust my judgement will follow me. I like trump, I do not like his stated opinions on social issues.

      • Robert M Ramstad

        You’d be surprised how many people say Christians can’t be democrats. Their brainwashing is complete … the door is shut to righteousness

    • Jennifer Hartline

      Well, except for the ordinary people that can be “terminated” in the womb til the moment of birth, and the ordinary people who deserve the “right” to assisted suicide, and the ordinary people who will be sued into bankruptcy for declining to participate in same-sex weddings or provide contraception…

      • Robert M Ramstad

        Jesus sent us a message when he threw the money lenders out. We are to follow the NT not the Torah. The NT supplants the Old. The OT should be used as a reference and historical record. So if there is a dispute between OT and NT, we should give more weight to the “Good News” to love one another.

      • Robert M Ramstad

        Why is it that pro-lifers love killing adults so much? It’s almost like they want babies born so they can kill them as adults. I don’t believe any VET can claim to be pro-life when they serve-d a Killing Machine that kills pregnant women and children every day they serve-d

    • Gary

      Real Christians NEVER vote for Democrats. Real Christians NEVER belong to the Democrat party. It is very much like being a “Christian communist”, or a “Christian atheist”. There is no such thing.

      • Robert M Ramstad

        communism is much closer to Christ’s preaching then Free Enterprise which leads to slavery. As a center left christian democrat, I would not be welcome in your church. which is a one size fits all congregation with no one thinking, just following Elmer Gantry who’s in Satans pocket. Your pastor is deceiving you.

    • Hmmm…

      Look up the platforms, available online. Will likely be searchable. The Republican platform was particularly refreshed, including the Johnson Amendment. David Barton contributed the most amendments. Just a cursory review will indicate the striking difference. They do hearken to their platforms. Like Reagan said with the first big Democratic platform change: “I didn’t leave the Democratic party; they left me.”

      • Sunny

        Look up what Reince Priebus said about Donald Trump adhering to that platform, and stop acting like one party is better than the other. They are the same. They are both funding abortion, because they both want to. Time for the church to wake up and get off both plantations, unless we like being used and abused.

        This is exactly why God is shaking the GOP. He has used trump to expose them, and it’s not over yet. Out of this will arise a party from those on the right and on the left that will stand for what is right.

        • Hmmm…

          I believe you to be mistaken (a few less flattering things as well, but I’ll leave it there).

    • CbinJ

      You can’t be a democrat in knowledge and a Christian. It’s as simple a that.

      • Robert M Ramstad

        Christ preached the “Good News” “He said ‘love one another’ where did he say to discriminate against others. Where did he say “killing is ok”? Calling yourself a Christian when you worship the old testament Jewish god, only gives you permission to kill and discriminate against others. Calling yourself a christian without practicing the “Good News” makes you a christian in name only. Ask your Pastor why he is in favor of Satan. Satan never said “Love one Another” quite the contrary.

  • Patmos

    Slick Willy is getting let off easy by being called Slick Willy. The teaching of Jesus about loving your enemy is in it’s entirety about not harboring hatred, it’s NOT about NOT calling someone this or that. For if you restrict yourself in language by not calling someone an idiot, what then do you call an idiot? These people earn the titles they get called, and if there is no hatred behind the language, go ahead and call them what they are!

    • Sunny

      …even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist. (Romans 4:17 NASB)

      As long as we keep calling things that are the way they are, don’t expect much change. This article is a call to much needed repentance in the Body of Christ.

  • m-nj

    hmmm.. i’m torn. while i agree that using vulgarity and outright obscene language is never a good thing, i do not see a Biblical principle that we cannot call specific people, not just their policies, evil, wicked, depraved, etc. would you refrain from calling Mao or Hitler or one of the christian-torturing Ceasars “evil” or even “demonic”. no, if someone is promoting and supporting something evil and vile (e.g., abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, etc.), especially someone in or potential in a position of power, then THEY themselves deserve to be called evil, wicked, demonic.

    • Sunny

      I wonder what our country would look like right now if we had loved and prayed for them, instead of condemning them?

    • Robert M Ramstad

      Do you know how to write? Are you saying that Evangelical Christians support torture, starvation, and the killing of innocents? I know, The GOP voters all support the killing of innocents across the Globe

  • Neil Vitense

    It’s much easier to pray for them…..than vote for them!

    • Hmmm…

      And much more Biblical!

  • truelinguist

    OK, we’re supposed to love everybody, but we don’t have the option of voting for every candidate, so it’s hardly unloving to choose one candidate over another. Loving someone as a fellow creation of God doesn’t require us to vote for that person or be blind to the tremendous harm they can do.

  • Yossi

    I’m pretty much as doctrinaire “Christian right” as they come, but as a believer in Jesus I am constrained by what the Scriptures say regarding how we are to deal with those with whom we disagree, particularly those in positions of government authority. Titus 3:1-2 spells out much of this: “Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be uncontentious, gentle showing every consideration for all men.” It doesn’t mean I don’t strongly disagree with President Obama’s (and Hillary Clinton’s) policies, or objectively view many of their statements as dishonest and their actions as corrupt, but there are honorable and godly ways to address such things without violating what God has laid out in his word.

    • Robert M Ramstad

      Is titus in the NT.? Jesus sent us a message when he threw the money lenders out. We are to follow the NT not the Torah. The NT supplants the Old. The OT should be used as a reference and historical record. So if there is a dispute between OT and NT, we should give more weight to the “Good News” to love one another.

  • Hmmm…

    Check out the party platforms. They are fundamentally different in key points. I found them from a ministry website. Be advised that the proper definition of the separation of church and state is that the state is to stay out of the church’s affairs! Ps 94:20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?

    • Robert M Ramstad

      When you sell your Christian soul to the IRS., you must stay out of politics. So give up your tax exempt status and be free!

  • Gary

    Obama, and Bill and Hellary Clinton are DEVILS!!! They are vile, wicked people who hate God and deserve no respect. And they will get none from me.

  • John

    It is not always easy to Walk in The Spirit.

  • A well-needed reminder to ‘take every thought captive’. Hate is a very carnal emotion that Christians should always endeavour to refuse. We’ve got to hate sin but not people. The Devil hates people and loves sin but God loves people and hates sin (Jn3:16).

    Whilst the worst sinner still has breathe there is hope for reconciliation with God and Christians must always work actively towards that chance. When an unrepentant sinner dies Christians should mourn that one made in God’s image is eternally lost – and never rejoice as our God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ez33:11)!

    • Timmy Wilburn

      Romans Chapter 1:18-32 is clear about those people who are already damned. Either we separate ourselves from them or will receive the same punishment.

      • Hmmm…

        The kind of “hearing” and “knowing” from the Greek in those verses is not just hearing by the natural ear. The heart, inner man, needs to be affected. Only God knows whether that has happened. Even so, it’s not over yet. They can still hear and respond.

  • phist

    I had to come to grips with this after the first time I called Hillary a bad name in a public forum. It comes down to this : I believe that she is not beyond redemption. She may be a long way from it – true. But not beyond it. Besides, I’d feel pretty bad if she committed suicide or was assassinated or even if she died of natural causes without truly asking for forgiveness. She can still do a lot of good but I’m certain she will not do so as President.

    • Gary

      I believe the opposite of what you do.

    • Timmy Wilburn

      Romans Chapter 1:18-32 proves Hilary has no soul and already damned . Millions that support her are also damned.

      • Sunny

        Oh, who made you the Righteous Judge?

      • Robert M Ramstad

        Is titus in the NT.? Jesus sent us a message when he threw the money lenders out. We are to follow the NT not the Torah. The NT supplants the Old. The OT should be used as a reference and historical record. So if there is a dispute between OT and NT, we should give more weight to the “Good News” to love one another.

      • Hmmm…

        I’m not sure Hillary “holds the truth” as mentioned in that verse. She and her family need to really “hear” the Gospel in their hearts. Church contact does not necessarily equal hearing the truth. If they have done that and refused it, it’s still not too late. But they do need to respond to Jesus, making him Lord. The fruit of that will show forth in change. The Lord wants us to want and pull for that by prayer for them, having the same heart for a lost person, whomever they are.

  • Hmmm…

    If you’ve made Jesus Lord, you have the God kind of love – agape – available for others. The problem with natural human love is that it breaks down right when it is needed most. God requires us to love like Jesus, outspoken with truth, but spoken from love. Not easy, but what worthwhile result and peace for yourself. It’s good to be reminded here that the requirement to walk in love applies also to public and other persons not in your personal realm. It is a matter of what’s coming out of your heart, affecting you one way or another.

    • Timmy Wilburn

      Where in the Bible does God command us to support and uphold those that deny Him and defy His moral laws?

      • Hmmm…

        Love your enemies, those who despitefully use you … What does it mean to love people? It comes down to how you treat them. You are still for their well-being even if you don’t agree with them or cannot support what they say or do and especially careful if you have to tell them that. Not to judge. Mt 5:44 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;
        Lu 6:28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. My post did not say “support” or “uphold” etc. I am a bit challenged with walking in love with you right now, frankly.

  • For those no familiar with me, I’m one of Dr Brown’s staunchest opponents in many areas.

    In this article though, he’s following in Christ’s footsteps. His words are applicable to his opponents and his supporters equally, and I’ll be quoting him as an example to those who have missed the point, and gone from opposing his views to hating him. He doesn’t deserve that, but even if he did, hatred and rudeness does no good, and great harm, even if your cause is just.

    Well said, Dr B. An example to us all, conservative or no.

  • selahgreene

    Did Jesus love Judas? I am sure He did, and Judas’ betrayal broke His heart; but He still said of Judas “It would be better for him if he had never been born.” He did not forgive Judas. Jesus commands us to love our enemies; He does not command us to love the enemies of God. Our responsibility, in addition to spreading the good news, is to speak out against evil; to take a stand against evil; to oppose evil. Paul tells us how to deal with evil: “Determine what pleases the Lord, and have nothing to do with the unfruitful actions that darkness produces. Instead, EXPOSE them for what they are.” But that command to expose evil does not involve lowering ourselves to their level of evil, and using evil’s methods, tactics, and verbiage.

    We are not to speak as the world; we are not to insult, ridicule, mock, or verbally abuse others. That kind of behavior is the hallmark of the world, of the Humanists who today so openly oppose and mock God. When that language comes from ‘Christian’ forums, it is a sign that Christ is severely lacking in those speakers. And, yes, we are to judge each other, as Christ commanded us: “Judge with righteous judgment.” The first problem we face is that the evil of today’s world is much more in-your-face, arrogant, and filthy than even the time of Sodom and Gomorrah, that it is certainly difficult to respond with charity. But as ambassadors of Christ, we are indeed being tested, to determine if we rely on the Holy Spirit to make our point, and can remain the Light of Christ without soiling ourselves with the filth of the world.

    The other problem we face is that so many in the ‘church’ today deny that there even is such a thing as evil. They are so saturated with the world that they no longer feel the sting of evil. We invite evil into our homes every day, and many spend hours a day worshiping evil, at the big screen temples in our living rooms. We spend hours each day worshiping lust, avarice, greed, gluttony; and that’s just the commercials. When we wallow with the pigs, it’s hard not to become covered with filth; it’s hard not to get used to filth; and then we tend to respond to others with filth.

    John set the standard on how we are to deal with evil. He set the bar of Godly standards so high, and we have dug ourselves so low into the world, that we can’t even realistically see the bar any more, much less jump over it. In 2 John, when writing to “the chosen lady” (whom many believe is Mary, the Lord’s mother), he warns against those who taught that Jesus was not human. Those were the Docetists, who taught that Jesus had a divine nature only, and that there was nothing human about Him. John’s warning reflected the standards of God: “Any such person is a deceiver and an antichrist…. If anyone comes to you but does not present the Lord’s teachings, do not receive him into your house or
    even welcome him, because the one who welcomes him shares in his evil deeds.” Imagine – we are not even to welcome those who bring a message other than the true gospel. We are not even to say hello or goodbye to these folks, because if we do so, then we are validating their evil message, and sharing in their evil; according to God, who spoke through John. Yet this standard does not apply to us today; the world’s standards, which we wallow in every evening and every weekend for hours at a time, are now our standards. So naturally, we sound like the world.

    And perhaps it is a real failing of mine that I cannot love those who mock God, who demand we place sin over righteousness, who giddily celebrate the mass infanticide taking place in our country, the greatest holocaust in the history of mankind. I cannot love Satan; and I cannot love those who worship him. I pity them, and feel great anger at their gleeful efforts to turn others away from The Way, from the path of Truth.

  • selahgreene

    Dr. Brown cites Rush Limbaugh’s term for Bill Clinton, “Slick Willy”, as evidence that Rush, and others who use that term, are far closer (in spirit) to Clinton, than to Jesus. I do not believe that is accurate.

    Jesus was very harsh in His assessment of those who opposed Him, and who ultimately resorted to insults against Him. He did not just label Herod “a fox”, but He also called the Scribes, Pharisees, and Priests “self-indulgent, serpents, snakes, blind guides, brood of vipers, hypocrites, fools, generation of vipers, blind men, robbers, dead men, filthy, lawless, murderers, torturers, persecutors, sons of Satan, evil, cowardly, dogs, pigs, abominable, immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and liars.” Jesus was not mocking; He was simply being truthful in his adjectives. Is Jesus being more like Bill Clinton than Jesus when He uses such language?

    Too often we portray Jesus as a Mr. Rogers, skipping down the lane singing “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor, won’t you be mine; won’t you be mine?” That is the last thing that Jesus is; and that misconception of Him comes from the church’s sanitizing from scripture any references to the true, confrontational, Jesus. The church’s presentation of Jesus is a pathetic, emasculated caricature of the real God-Man. Yes, He taught to love, but not as the world loves. His love means caring for in the total sense – supporting, helping, comforting; and also rebuking, correcting, reprimanding followers who go astray; and ultimately harshly repudiating those who oppose Him. Jesus was much more drill sergeant than therapist, and he was capable of being very harsh. When the Pharisees (in Matthew 12) accused Jesus of working with Beelzebul (Satan), Jesus ceased speaking to them in anything other than parables. They had sinned against the Holy Spirit, and He no longer included them in the plans for His Kingdom. So, as He told the apostles, He spoke to them from that point on in parables that they would not understand.

    At one point, Jesus even called His own #1 apostle “Satan”, when Peter insisted that Jesus do things the way of the world, and not the way of God’s plan. Jesus was NOT a nice man. He was not a flower-child spreading hugs and kisses for everyone. He did not mock or ridicule, and so that is the model for us. We are not to mock and ridicule. But the complete Jesus is to be our model, and the complete Jesus called sin, sin; He called evil, evil. And He was very descriptive in his names for those who rejected Him, those who indulged in sin and evil. Is that unloving? Was Jesus ‘UnChrist-like’? According to today’s church, He was.

  • Timmy Wilburn

    God commands us not to uphold and support people that know God’s moral laws but defy them and tell us we should dedy those moral laws also. Obama and Hilary are reprobates damned to hell. God has seared away their souls and the souls of all people that support Hilary and Obama.
    Jesus had two messages . One message was about forgiveness and salvation. The other message was about false prophets , immorality , apostate religious beliefs and damnation to hell.

    • Robert M Ramstad

      Jesus sent us a message when he threw the money lenders out. We are to follow the NT not the Torah. The NT supplants the Old. The OT should be used as a reference and historical record. So if there is a dispute between OT and NT, we should give more weight to the “Good News” to love one another.

  • Timmy Wilburn

    What did Jesus say about those that hurt children? Liberals support and uphold abortion..what do you think God has done to mankind already over this issue? What do you think God has done to mankind over the issue of lgbt? True Christians see what has happened and know what is going to happen. We all better hope that the rapture happens before the tribulation but if it doesn’t, how many are willing to fight and kill for their religious beliefs?

  • Sunny

    Truth! Not truth that is easy on the flesh, but this needed to be said.

    “But I say to you, love [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for] your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may [show yourselves to] be the children of your Father who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on those who are evil and on those who are good, and makes the rain fall on the righteous [those who are morally upright] and the unrighteous [the unrepentant, those who oppose Him]. (Matthew 5:44, 45 AMP)

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