Who is my enemy?
There's a narrative we often hear on the news, social media, and even in daily conversations with one another that's dividing us further and further apart: it's "us vs. them." We draw lines in the sand to determine who is on our side, and who is our enemy. And it seems each day the political, cultural, and religious lines become deeper each day.
But these conversations give us a unique opportunity as believers to speak truth and hope into them, that offer a different perspective--one that Jesus shared to his followers nearly 2,000 years ago.
"You have heard it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven." -Matthew 5:43-45
What could happen if this was truly our mantra? How many people would take notice?
Who is my brother?
Seth and Nirva Ready's paths crossed (really inevitably) as they each toured and sang backup separately for artists like TobyMac and Kirk Franklin, Chris Tomlin and CeCe Winans when a mutual friend introduced the two to each other (good friend--it worked!) So collaborating musically was logically the next step.
Their first project Never Alone comes at a time when even if you don't consider someone your enemy, it is almost certain that someone considers you their enemy because of your religion, your race, or your nationality. Seth & Nirva said they "want to be part of helping our brothers and sisters recover their courage," and Seth adds, "to take part in the renewal He is bringing about that will enable us to stand firm and impact our spheres of influence with the Gospel in a day when culture is set against us."
Their first song off the album "Brother" is a call for us to treat our enemies as a brother...to simply "love one another."
"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another." -Romans 12:14-16