“It was a combination of things, like seeing Christians being attacked and wondered how do I live this out? I needed to be reminded these are human beings too and we need to seek out reconciliation,” said James.
After doing a funding project to raise money for a new video in February, things go put on hold due to the pandemic. Then just before the video was to be shot, the death of George Floyd occurred in Minneapolis, leading to protests along with issues such as the division over reopening limitations and wearing masked caused by the pandemic that sparked strong reactions from U.S. citizens.
“As time has gone by, we’re getting a sense of this with our own countrymen, over wearing masks or not,” said James. “We need to remember we’re not enemies, we’re all brothers and sisters. We need to find some commonality.”
He’s gotten a lot of positive feedback from members of Springfield’s First Church of the Nazarene, where he’s a part-time music pastor, and others across the country touched by the tune.
“I think (”Love Our Enemies”) was made just for right now,” he said.
James is getting ready to publish some new songs and working on other material, and he does several podcasts. To watch the video for “Love Our Enemies,” visit Rick Lee James on Facebook.