Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective
The ancient proverb “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” when embraced by religious groups, is a practice in hypocrisy.
Take the Hindu support for Donald Trump. Trump is big in India, at least among conservative Hindus. There’s also a small but influential “Hindus for Trump” in America. Why? Because Trump is seen as the savior against Islamic growth. Here the enemy is Muslim.
Consider, too, the bind of evangelical Christians. Their slow-growing support for the less-than-morally-perfect Trump is seen as their only chance to assert conservative influence on the Supreme Court and its ability to shape key social issues. Here the enemy is Democrats.
Can one be faithful and embrace the “enemy of my enemy” philosophy?
Here’s My Take: Consider these thoughts from Gandhi and Jesus.
Gandhi: It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion.
Jesus: But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
For both Hindus and Christians, creating enemies for whatever reason is a hate crime.