[remorse and praying for one’s enemies]
On my way to work this morning, I was thinking about the situation in my country and what might happen in the future. (Sidenote: it is incredibly great to be able to think again. Sounds odd, I know, but last two weeks I was pretty much incapable of that. See last post.)
One of the things I have pondered about lately was how to pray for the enemies. I never had true enemies until now and I don’t like this feeling of hate.
However, this morning, as I was reading Psalm 40, where David once again reminds us not to be envious of those who are more “successful in this world” yet who do things that are wrong, I wondered…
The worst thing that can happen to Putin and Yanukovych now is that they might become Christians.
Let me explain…
A quote surfaced in my mind as I was captured by this idea… a quote from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
“Isn’t there any way of putting yourself back together?” Ron asked.
“Yes,” said Hermione with a hollow smile, “but it would be excruciatingly painful.”
“Why? How do you do it?” asked Harry.
“Remorse,” said Hermione. “You’ve got to really feel what you’ve done. There’s a footnote. Apparently the pain of it can destroy you. I can’t see Voldemort attempting it somehow, can you?”
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 6
Voldemort, the evil man of the Potter saga, basically “sold his soul to the Devil” or, in Potter-speak, created several Horcruxes. The only way back, the only way to undo this, was to feel utter remorse for the evil deeds you’ve done.
The sheer pain of remorse is so great that, as Hermione says, “it can destroy you.” However, on the good side, you gain your soul back…
So I thought…
If we pray for Putin and Yanukovych to become Christians, they will have to go through that painful transformation that we all experienced when we realized what Jesus did for us on that cross. When we realized that all the things we’ve done and haven’t done yet… He paid for it all. It still is a staggering thought.
So in a way… it would be some sort of revenge.
I know it’s not right to pray for those guys to turn to God just because I want them to suffer (and to be completely honest, I do… I can’t help it.) But it sure helps to at least pray for them with any kind of reason besides “Lord, destroy them.”
In regards to prayers: please pray for Ukraine, but also, please pray for Russia. They already are losing quite a lot because their president decided to create a power show. Just today they have lost $55 millions at the stock exchange market because of their invasion into Ukraine. My country is a strong one and we won’t give in… but Russia is so big and scattered that it is harder for the rural areas to survive. So if the economy fails, then it will be extremely hard for people to survive.
I love my friends in Russia, even when some of their words are like daggers in the back. I love them because they are my friends and I value friendship more than political views. I don’t want to lose anyone – be it my own people or others. So besides Ukraine, please pray for our neighbor that keeps wanting to capture us but can’t.