@ Julia : I don’t think that, for the author, the “enemy” is a democrat or a republican, or even a human per se for that matter. It simply reminds us that this World hates Jesus, and thus will hates those who follow Him.
Logically, one can say as the author that all human should consider themselves as living in a fallen World. We are leaving in it, but we don’t belong to it as Saint-Paul reminds us too. This fallen World is enemy territory.
You’re right to point to a possible confusion between “enemy territory” and anyone who don’t think or vote like oneself.
But while it would be wrong to point at someone and call him/her an “enemy” because he/she voted for a different party, think differently etc., it is also Jesus’ teaching that when someone is tempting a soul away from God’s will, this person becomes His enemy. So we have to understand the difference between being God’s enemy in Divine affairs and being one’s enemy in daily affairs.
Indeed, Jesus teach us to love our enemy, but that suppose that we do have enemies in the first place ... They could be of 2 sorts : human affairs (business for example) or divine affairs (Salvation and Love of God). The first one are our brothers and sisters with whom we may have a conflict of a purely human nature. Jesus not only ask us to settle with them peacefully but to consider this as a show of Love. This was clearly lacking in the first Century Christian World… St. Paul fulminated when he wrote that it was scandalous that Christians couldn’t settle their conflicts without having to go before a judge.
But then too, Jesus teaches us that there are “real” enemies that we should not fear because - with God’s grace - they couldn’t kill our soul, only our body. He asked us to have faith, to show courage and to resist temptation and corruption. Caesar was one of this kind.
While it is true that Jesus asked us to turn our cheek when slaped in the face, it is true that he violently expelled the Temple merchants because they were desecrating His Father’s Sanctuary… Pacifism was not his religion! Clearly, for him, this second sort - the one who desecrate, attack the Salvation plan or act as temptors to others - are the real enemies. True enemies. Enemies He will personaly attack without mercy until they converted and repent. Remember the quote about the destiny of those who attack children. There is very little mercy in store for them.
Thus, Jesus teaches us that we could and should call “enemy” “divider” (or dia-bolos in greek)each one - including oneself! - that is clearly in the way of Salvation, act as a temptor or desecrate the Temple (including our body, the Holy Spirit’s Temple…)
Jesus did’nt hesitated a second to call his friend Peter “Satan” when Peter’s reaction was a refusal of God’s will upon Jesus’ destiny. This does’nt mean that suddenly Jesus was hating Peter personally. He was just awakening him to the Truth. Anything, anyone that stands in the way of Salvation is His enemy. The rest has no importance.
Strangely, later it was this “enemy Peter” - but contrite and repentent - that became the stone upon which Jesus built His church. Let us be reminded then, that we are His enemy when we sin. We could also, if we don’t awake to the fact that we live in a fallen and corrupting World, become His real enemy when we tempt ourselves or others, desecrate our soul and body or others’.
Hence the need for liberty of conscience…
But we also know that God loves us all and is merciful to the contrite and repentent soul.
Hence the need for the liberty of religion.
Obama or Romney, Democrats or Republicans, this is not important.
In the end, the bottom line is that religious liberty and liberty of conscience - our liberty to accept the plan of Salvation upon ourselves and act accordingly - are now the main target of the forces of Darkness.
Our enemy is within us first.
Secondly our enemy is also creeping around us to tempt us into despair and cowardice. He makes us fearful of losing material things or even our life,
Thirdly, the Fallen World will try to break us into submission to his will. He want us to sacrifice to him as God-Caesar asked of every soul in his Empire. It was precisely because Christians refused to recognize him as God that the Empire persecuted them. It was not because they refused to love him and respect him as God’s designated leader of the country. Indeed, early Christians, inspired by St.Paul, prayed for their emperor and were ready to obey to his will for the common good.
We are all at this point and need to understand that. As elected, Obama is now the appointed head of state. That’s God’s will. But, when the head of states will ask you to choose between his will and God’s will and, then his will is clearly not God’s will, then he lose his legitimity and you’ll have to disobey to Caesar and obey - at any price to you and your loved ones - to God. You’ll need enlighted spiritual leaders to show you the difference between Caesar’s will and God’s will. Pray God that he continue to give you the Bishops you need. He already is giving you some and calling the sleeping ones to awake, fight and suffer.
This is not a fight for the coward or the feeble. Be strong and prepare to suffer for the sake of your and the World’s salvation. Maybe not with your blood - that is for our brothers and sisters dying presently by the thousands in the Middle-East especially - but with your financial security, your honor, your job.
As a Canadian leaving in Quebec, I all too well know the hatred that could and surely will be directed toward the US Church. The oppression of the mind that the author describes, how often did I feel it! It’s suffocating at time. But I accept that the time as come to stand and fight were God put me.
When it is written in the Quebec most read french speaking daily that a prominent journalist whishes to Cardinal Ouellet of Quebec City to die a long and painful death just for having said that abortion is a crime…
When this spark of hatred was multiplied a thousand time in all medias to the point that bodily arm seemed around the corner for anything catholic, you know that anyone who will oppose the culture of death will have to pay the price. For now, they just wishes us to die. Not far away they will arrest us and put us on trial. And then what?
I relax and remember that Jesus told us “Don’t fear for I have overcome the World”. Jus pray that we don’t fall. Pray for the Holy Father. Pray for the Bishops and the religious. Pray for the Church. Pray for Humankind. Pray for all Americans - whatever their denomination or political affiation. And smile ! We’re loved by God, the most fantastic news since the World fall !