by John Ellis
During a recent chapel service, Union Seminary called those in attendance to gather around a group of plants and, in their words, “we held our grief, joy, regret, hope, guilt and sorrow in prayer; offering them to the beings who sustain us but whose gift we too often fail to honor.”
Predictably, the responses were swift, many, and mocking. Tweets, Facebook posts, blog posts, and a host of other online vehicles took pot shots at the seminary’s actions. I took the opportunity to join the piling on, too. While reading Luke 6 this morning, specifically verses 27-31, though, my conscience was pricked. After pausing to prayerfully reflect, I determined that my words did not comport with Jesus’ command to love our enemies.