Our Favorite Books: Preemptive Love
Wow. How far are you willing to go to love your enemy? To love someone who is actually trying to kill you? How much would you sacrifice? Your time? Your resources? Your life?
The Preemptive Love Coalition is an organization that seeks to help Iraqi children get life-saving
heart surgery and ultimately pursue peace amongst communities that are not only at odds, but
also deeply mistrust and even hate each other. Their motto is “love first and ask questions later
- save lives behind enemy lines”.
After reading the organization’s story detailed in the book “Preemptive Love”, I feel that my
entire outlook on loving others has been revolutionized. Jeremy Courtney, his family and his
team have a radical approach to serving and sacrificing for others, that I feel truly lives out what
Christ commands of us in Luke 6 : 27-28,35:
“…love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you…expecting nothing in return…” (NASB)
Even with the stories shared, I know that I can hardly fathom what it is like to live in a conflict-
ridden, war-torn place filled with desperate poverty. I can barely imagine what it would be like to
try to reach into someone else’s deep-seated stereotypes and prejudices and build bridges of
peace. But I know, that with the encouragement of this story, I can adopt two guiding
1. The belief that God, our Father, is the ultimate and perfect “Preemptive Love”. He is already
has taken action to save us from our rebellion. He has acted in advance to make a way for
us to live in relationship with Him. Preemptive love is who God is, is what He has done, and
is what He is actively doing in our world.
2. The following ideology from Preemptive Love, “ our souls…require the discipline of spending
time on both sides in order to not get warped… I no longer accept the zero-sum worldview
that says we cannot simultaneously be on the side of Democrats and Republicans;
Americans, Israelis, and Iranians; Jews and Palestinians; Sunnis and Shias… I choose them
all. I don’t lean left or right. I lean in. I lean forward, because that’s where love lives.”
If you desire to truly live a radically sacrificial life, I would highly recommend you read
“Preemptive Love” for encouragement from our brothers and sisters serving in Iraq. Visit the
organization’s website, www.preemptivelove.org, where you can learn more and order a copy of
But if you don’t, I would encourage you to start asking yourself and praying that God
would change your heart.
“Do I believe with all my heart that God is a God of “Preemptive Love”?”
“What can I be doing in my immediate sphere of influence to love first and bring peace, even to