Serve my Enemies?

The Bible Blogger wrote a piece today about an image that is making it’s way around the internet. The image depicts Jesus kneeling before several people and washing their feet, including Osama bin Laden, George W. Bush, and others.

The bible blogger questions the validity of this depiction, asking, “Would Jesus Wash Hilary Clinton’s Feet?” (The woman seated in the foreground is said to be Hillary Clinton… I think it looks more like Madeline Albright…) He quotes Romans 12:20 and then makes this profound assertion:

As a Christian, we have no choice but to believe our Savior would do that exact thing because He commands us to do it. The problem is that way too many Christians equate showing compassion on your “enemy” with giving into someone else’s beliefs or not standing up for Christ because you’re afraid of offending them.

As a counterpoint, this guy views the same poster/image and makes the following statement:

I guess the point is to show just how forgiving and loving Jesus is. He’s so loving the he’ll even wash Osama bin Laden’s feet!

Sorry, I aint that kind of Christian. My Jesus would use nunchucks on Osama bin Laden. Or maybe rip his still beating heart out, Temple of Doom style.

Quite a difference! The same Jesus? Which blogger is right? Which blogger is wrong?

My feelings run along with “The Bible Blogger” to the extent that forgiveness is our “prime directive” as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

“What Would Jesus Do?” if face to face with bin Laden? I have no idea…. what do you think?


7 Responses

  1. I must say without a hesitation that Jesus would never rip anybody guts out with nunchuks. Since when is Jesus an American or a capitalist?

    The primary, fundamental and most important message of the Bible is love. God loved us so he sent Jesus so he could break the seperation between us. That seperation is sin.

    Yes when Christ returns he will judge us for all that we have done.

    I recall Christ on the cross. He was tortured, mocked and was dying in one of the most painful and cruelest ways possible. He looked down upon some of those who put Him their and said, “Father forgive them they know not what they do.”



  2. Didnt he wash the feet of His disciples? He preached to the rest of the world, “Repent for the Kingdom is at Hand”. I believe Jesus would preach to them then wash their feet. What good is to wash their feet but their destiny remains unchanged?


  3. There is no doubt in my mind what Jesus would do. Scripture is full of forgiveness, love and reconciliation. He desires a relationship with His creation. Not to mention that sin is sin. Sin is missing the mark and we have all done that. The story of the adulterous woman comes to mind…. “let he who has not sinned cast the first stone…” Sorry, I don’t think Jesus would be wielding nunchucks.

  4. The washing of feet isn’t about forgiveness, it is about love and humility. Jesus loved all people regardless of their status or sinfulness. When Jesus washed feet he was not forgiving sins. In order to have our sins forgiven, we have to repent of them, promising to pursue them no more. That is when we receive God’s mercy. Jesus would definitely wash anyone’s feet and he would also forgive anyone’s sins, if they repented of them, even Osama Bin Laden. But he is unlikely to do such a thing. There is no eternal damnation except that which is chosen by us through our actions.

  5. Hi Matt,

    Loving the unlovable is tough. Some view it as ‘door mat’ or ‘weak’ love but our team has come to see it as the most revolutionizing principle one could ever apply.

    We have just received a fresh batch of posters and would like to send you a complimentary copy if you are interested. Just email me if you’d like one.

    By the way, the lady on the left is Angela Merkel – German Chancellor.


    Stacie Barsumian
    Content Management
    “Virus Protection for the Mind!”

  6. […] A couple of months ago, I wrote a piece called “Serve My Enemies?” (click for the original post). It is still, according to my ‘blog stats, one of the […]

  7. Wow…just found this today. I’m honored you would blog based on something I felt God leading me to write. I’m glad we’re of similar mind on this.

    Have a great day and God bless you.

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