We Are not Enemies – Forgiveness

By Robyn Spradlin

by Danielle Dolin

Looking back at our founders, it’s assumed they were all friends and held similar points of view and interests. Nothing is further from the truth. They were a diverse, variegated group on every imaginable point, and on a number of occasions, their differences came to blows.

For example, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr’s disagreement resulted in bitter, blistering clashes because of a difference of political opinion and election results. The outcome was Burr challenging Hamilton to a duel. In the end, Hamilton was dead, and Burr was wanted for murder.

Other examples of the clashes between Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and George Washington were filled with tense, harsh word battles, some going unresolved. Sadly, unforgiveness was taken to the grave.

Washington and Jefferson: the men were friends but found themselves on opposite sides of the strong central government or more state rights debate. Their dispute was not settled before Washington’s death. However, Jefferson’s inaugural address was laced with forgiveness for Washington, although not explicitly spoken, Jefferson had a change of heart.

Jefferson and Adams: they were friends, but when Jefferson’s wife died, Adams and his wife consoled Jefferson, drawing the pair closer. Like with Washington, Jefferson’s aversion to a powerful central government set him at odds with Adams. Additionally, Jefferson’s support for the French Revolution drove a wedge in the friendship; then, a bitter 1800 Presidential election severed their relationship for 12 years. History.com records Benjamin Rush, fellow Constitution signer, and friend of both, encouraged the friendship’s restoration as Scripture teaches, “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9).

Adams wrote to Jefferson on Jan. 1st, 1812. Jefferson responded. Over the next 14 years, the two men aired their grievances and forgave one another. Interestingly, they died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration’s signing.

Forgiveness is possible, and it’s imperative, but it’s a choice. If we refuse to forgive, we’ll not be forgiven (Matthew 6:14-15). Jesus chose to forgive. While we were sinners, Jesus died for us (Romans 5:8). He prayed, “Father, forgive them” (Luke 23:34). We can choose to forgive. We can choose to pray for the forgiveness of others.

Just as Benjamin Rush endeavored, working as a peacemaker, to facilitate forgiveness between Jefferson and Adams, those involved with WANE, committed to pray, working as peacemakers, are facilitating forgiveness. We Are Not Enemies. Like Queen Esther (Esther 4:13-16), we have come to the kingdom for such a time as this to save our nation. We have been called to destroy the divisions that the enemy has created, using prevailing prayers of forgiveness to mend the rifts – Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.

Will you join this grassroots movement to keep our Republic through a prayer investment? Go to www.wearenotemenies.com to sign up.

Robyn Spradlin is a freelance journalist working as a contributor for Christian News Journal covering news and politics on the national and state levels. She has worked as a copywriter for Victory News on the Victory Channel since 2022. Robyn has an BA in Communication Studies and MA in Journalism from Regent University and is a member of the Evangelical Press Association. She is an author, evangelistic minister and a musician.

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