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Loving the enemy

By LEON YOUNGBLOOD

Some people have opinions, attitudes, habits and traits set in concrete.

They are unable to entertain a new idea, unable to accept anyone who disagrees with them, and, as Winston Churchill put it, such persons when on a rampage “can’t change their mind and won’t change the subject.”

Their assumption is simple: if you do not agree with them (on any subject), you’re wrong.

There is no shortage of these sort of people. You may know some, you may be one, but you know these control freaks are difficult to love.

I was in a Sunday School class where this subject was being discussed. A couple was telling about a relative whose social skills were somewhere way off the deep end. Some of us knew the woman, and could testify, yes, she was a “basket case” whose personality could be tolerated only in small doses; and, yes, she tested the limits of the 2nd Greatest Commandment to “love thy neighbor as thyself.”


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