But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. (Luke 6:27-29a)
Enemy Pie by Derrick Munson is a children’s book. A nameless boy places Jeremy Ross on his enemy list because Jeremy laughed at the boy when he struck him out in a baseball game. The boy’s dad makes enemy pie, and the boy imagines the awful ingredients going into such a pie. His dad told him before serving Jeremy the pie, he must spend a day with Jeremy. The boy discovers he didn’t know Jeremy’s heart before putting him on his enemy list, and the two boys become friends. At the end of the day, his dad serves enemy pie, and the boy warns Jeremy not to eat the pie because it’s poisonous. But Jeremy notices the boy’s dad has already eaten half of his pie. The boy wonders if enemy pie only works on enemies, but he concludes he’ll never get an answer because he just lost his best enemy.
Enemy Pie isn’t Christian fiction. The original wrongdoing of Jeremy Ross wasn’t addressed and part of the boys’ activities included throwing water balloons at girls. As yesterday’s Scripture referenced and we’ve learned throughout our lives, laughter at other people’s expense is common. The secular world teaches us it’s okay, and we shouldn’t be sensitive. God teaches us not to take it personally. His grace is enough. We should tell the perpetrator that his/her words hurt us and be prepared if the perp laughs again to turn the other cheek, give our enemy, Enemy Pie, and pray for that person to have a closer relationship with God.
Heavenly father, I pray for my enemy(ies) ___________ (fill in the blank). Please bless _______ and help them have a closer relationship with you. Help me think of something nice I can do for ________ to give me a chance to tell them how they made me feel and not say something hurtful in the process. Amen.