Q. In Romans 12:20, the Bible says “Therefore, If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Does this mean that we should continue to give free food to Kim Jong Il’s regime, even though we know it is only going to feed Party officials and the North Korean Army. Without this food, it is unlikely the regime could feed its army for long, meaning it might collapse. In effect, we are propping up the regime and prolonging the suffering of the millions enslaved in North Korea by obeying the Bible. I’m in quite a quandry over this. Do you know what we should do?
A. I think you’re taking something meant as a personal admonition and turning it into national policy. Paul said that rather than take revenge against someone who has wronged us, we’re to see to his needs. In this way we’ll fulfill the Lord’s command to love our enemies and he’ll feel guilty for mistreating us, perhaps prompting a change of heart.