“Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.
He will return the evil to my enemies; in your faithfulness put an end to them.”
Who are my enemies? I don’t seem to have any enmity between myself and others. I’m a nice guy. Who are my enemies?
My enemies are those that oppose me. For the only person without enemies is the person that isn’t fighting for anything. If I fight for those I love, my enemies are those that wish to harm those I love.
Poverty is my enemy. Hopelessness is my enemy. Addiction is my enemy. My enemy is the poverty that robs communities of vitality. My enemy is the hopelessness that spurs young people to violence. My enemy is the addiction that corrupts the soul and decays the mind.
There may be people who set themselves up to be my enemies. There may be people who insult me, who despise me, who wish to do me harm. But people are not my enemies. Humans are not my enemies. For the Lord saw those who poured insult, derision, and violence, and saw the true evil behind their actions. He loved them, for He knew that they were not His enemies.
To love is to protect. To protect is to fight. To fight is to believe that a better world is possible.