“…You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,…”
— Matthew 5:43,44, NIV
What could it possibly mean to “love your enemies”? I’ve never read any books about this question, but I have no doubt plenty have been written, and I’d also bet that many of these books contradict each other. One thing I’m sure of, however, is that the harder we have to work to explain the meaning of this passage, the more proof we inadvertently generate that this passage is pure nonsense. It might just as well say “fart baby turtles Tuesday”. Most likely, this “love your enemies” stuff is just so much poetic gibberish. It doesn’t mean anything at all. Good writing is self-explanatory — it obviates exegesis.
Now, if the commandment had been, say, “try to love your enemies”, or maybe, “try to see things from the point of view of your enemies”, or maybe just “try to see your enemies as human beings” or “potential allies”, or “try not to kill your enemies”, well, any of those would make more sense to me.
But “love your enemies”? Give me a break.