this my dear friends is the son of the devil

anonymous asked:

Pastor, should we love satan? Dig deep

Hey dear friend, yes. I know this is a trick question, but yes.

I don’t mean the Western definition of love, which is pretty much, “Do whatever you want, I affirm and enable and pamper and coddle all your whims! All the whimsy whims!” Love in the Christian sense is obtaining the ultimate good for each and every person, which also includes accountability and justice. If my son or daughter were to do something reprehensibly evil, then the best way I could love them is to see them held accountable by the fairest extent of the law. So yes, the devil requires love and must be held to the fairest standard of God’s law.

C.S. Lewis said, “Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” But do you know what he wrote this in the context of? He was talking about Nazis in WWII and holding them responsible for their actions. Lewis was talking about criminal prosecution and war crimes. Love cannot be love without justice, too.

— J.S.