Tuesday, March 14, 2006

"say hello to my little friend"

Does anyone remenber the movie Scarface? (No, I’m not recommending it.) Antonio Montana is a drug empire kingpin and he is defending himself at his private palace as a hundred members of a rival cartel attack. He takes out what must be the largest machine gun anyone has ever seen and says his now famous line "Say hello to my little friend" and starts blowing people away.

Jesus is leading us to deal with our enemies a little differently.

"Love your enemies! Do good to them! Lend to them! And don't be concerned that they might not repay. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to the unthankful and to those who are wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate. Luke 6:35-36

Notice what Paul says ..."Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible. Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God. For it is written, "I will take vengeance; I will repay those who deserve it", says the Lord. Instead, do what the Scriptures say: "If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink, and they will be ashamed of what they have done to you." Don't let evil get the best of you, but conquer evil by doing good. Rom. 12:17-21

There is a global war on terror. We do need to attack the enemy before he destroys. We are commissioned as overt agents using God’s kindness on the enemy. We are to go out and push back the kingdom of darkness with combat kindness. We melt down the hardest of hearts and those with the cruelest of intentions with God’s secret weapon known only to those who serve in His Special forces. And we do have superior weapons and equipment.

Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. You must make allowance for each other's faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Col. 3:12-13

As specially selected soldiers in this conflict we are to wear these weapons as a pieces of standard issue equipment. Daily we clothe ourselves with a time-tested and battle-proven uniform.

In the war for Baghdad, American forces used a tactic called "Shock and awe". The strategy involves using such overwhelming force that the enemy is stunned and surrenders.

In the same way, we have been given a "seemingly small" but powerful weapon called kindness. Kindness is God’s tactical nuclear strike-a small, controlled, but extremely effective surgical explosion. When this weapon is used under the direction of God’s mighty Spirit, its impact is that God is glorified, Christ is magnified, the church is edified, the world is stupified, and Satan is horrified and petrified--"Say hello to my little friend".

Killing them with kindness,

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