Radical Christianity, part 3
October 4, 2006 3 Comments
Watched ABC News last night. Charles Gibson did a report about the Amish response, or rather non-response towards the man who went into their community and killed 5 of their precious children.
You can read the transcript of Mr. Gibson’s report here (I liked the what the midwives said). A quote from the report:
“…the Amish families most affected by this tragedy have responded in a way that might seem foreign to most of us: They talk about Monday’s school shooting only in terms of forgiveness.”
Huh, imagine that. A group of people who profess to follow Christ, while talking about forgiveness during such a difficult time. What a novel idea, Charles. Like someone told your former co-host, “Read the Gospels, Diane”. I also liked what Gibson said later in the report:
“Passages from the New Testament are taken literally in this community, and the Amish believe they need to love their enemies, which may be beyond the ability of most people, especially so close in time to the murders.”
I saw the live report and the look on Gibson’s face as he delivered this line was one that could have been one of shock/distaste/bewilderment. It was hard to tell.
“Passages from the New Testament are taken literally”, Gibson said with no small amount of incredulity. Is taking what Jesus’ said literally such a radical concept in the 21st America?
I guess it is. Most of us (including those of us who profess Christ) would not be as forgiving as the Amish who were interviewed were. Love your enemies is something that is to be lived out not merely theorized about. We don’t have to like Jesus’ command we just have to obey it and perhaps in the daily practice of it we’ll grow to love it and our enemies in the process.
Now, that’s radical.