"THE BUMPERSTICKER SONG" Sing-Along Version
ORIGINAL SONG 1998: (5:09) When Jesus said, "Love your Enemies," I Really Think He Meant, "Don't Kill 'Em" Words and Music by Linda K. Williams
When Jesus said, "Love your enemies" (3x)
I think he probably meant, "Don't kill them!"
"Blessed are the peacemakers" --- that's what Jesus said! (3x)
Jesus was the great pacifist.
Everything that's done in the waging of war (3x)
is the opposite of Jesus and his love.
Does that mean all war is sin? That's what we believe! (3x)
So let's study war no more!
(Verses A, B, and C not recorded 7-3-10):
(We'll be) non-confrontational but unapologetic about our views
(3x; the "We'll be" doesn't get repeated).
We'll bless and pray for those who mistreat us, 3x
as followers of Christ.
"An eye for an eye" doesn't mean "Revenge is sweet!" 3x
That was God's way of limiting payback.
God wants us to love our enemies as neighbors (3x)
and God wants us to love them as ourselves.
God has no chosen people---- no "them" and "us" (3x)
The circle of God's love draws all in.
We will overcome evil with good
'cause that's the Jesus way!... yes, that's the Jesus way!
Sing-Along-able K.I.S.S.* RE-WRITE OF "THE BUMPERSTICKER SONG"
"When Jesus said, 'Love your enemies...'"
concept and original song by Linda K. Williams (© 1998), San Diego Church of the Brethren
New Lyrics co-written with Kathy Fry-Miller, Jan and John Long, and Maren McCourt 7-8-09
(*K.I.S.S.= Keep it Simple, Sweetie!) TUNE: "This Little Light of Mine"
Song recording, stories, photos available: BetterWorld-Resources.com and YouTube
Bumperstickers and T-Shirts available: BrethrenPress.com
Scriptures and Church of the Brethren sources quoted or paraphrased are included above in parentheses.
The concept of the Bible containing the progression from “unlimited retaliation to limited retaliation to limited love
---and, finally, with the coming of Jesus, to unlimited love” came from a Pacific South-West District Peace Camp.