November 5, 2014
The billionaires won big in yesterday’s election, so the Party-That-Tends-To-Hurt-People got stronger.
But, as the hurt increases, the ‘little people’ (which seems to be most of us) will not blame that party.
They (we?) will dutifully follow the teaching of the billionaires (through, e.g. Fox News) and blame the other party, the Party-That-Frequently-Tries-To-Help People.
Do we need to abandon this dollar-dominated, greed-driven, manipulative foolishness? Maybe really get into something more Gandhian, or more ML Kingian, maybe something that would even be more Christian, more basic, more powerful? Or maybe get more of a hybrid, where the spiritual power of the one strategy for good alters the nature, and thus the effectiveness, of the other strategy for good.
I have to think about that.
March 17, 2012
Some American Christians worry that we are being “persecuted” and that our “freedom of religion” is being infringed. That’s always true to some extent – and the idea is scary.
How did Jesus deal with it?
Jesus practiced non-violent non-cooperation toward evil persons. The results of his courage were both short-term and long-term, mostly good, some brutally bad.
Jesus’ immediate followers – the Christians of the first century, also faced lots of suffering.
- They suffered government harassment, even arrest and execution.
- They suffered from neighbors and fellow-citizens – the insulting or aggressive behavior of others around them in society.
- They suffered all the normal pains and sorrows of human life, of which there are many. (more…)
September 16, 2008
Quotes from the e-newsletter I get from Information Clearing House.
… the United States, for generations, has sustained two parallel but opposed states of mind about military atrocities and human rights:
one of U.S. benevolence, generally held by the public,
and the other of ends-justify-the-means brutality sponsored by counterinsurgency specialists.
Normally the specialists carry out their actions in remote locations with little notice in the national press. That allows the public to sustain its faith in a just America, while hard-nosed security and economic interests are still protected in secret.
-Robert Parry, investigative reporter and author
August 12, 2008
Jesus did NOT tell his oppressed hearers not to resist evil. That would have been absurd. His entire ministry is utterly at odds with such a preposterous idea.
– Walter Wink
I. THE PROBLEM:
Jesus said to “turn the other cheek”: (more…)
June 26, 2008
Recently a fairly open discussion another adult and I had with some teenagers took a few interesting turns (no surprise there!).
One person in the group talked a little about the experience of being on the brink of some serious temptation, turning away from it, and realizing with joy how much you have protected and how much freedom you have gained by pulling back from the temptation.
So some others wanted to pursue that theme. One brought up the temptation to fight. (more…)
December 16, 2006
I recommend for your attention this excellent recent comment by bookaholic. Here are some excerpts.
This little bit about Jesus: “he was not energized by and focused on his enemies” is some kind of key.
I spent several years in a small town where a favorite topic of conversation was the bad things other people did… At the same time, the atmosphere seemed to be saturated with high-profile Christianity; there was lots of God talk, much of it from the same people who were dispensing the negativity and gloom.
It’s possible to cultivate a habit of being energized by and focused on (fill in the blank). If you fill in the blank with something you don’t approve of, that disapproval will come to have a dominant role in your life and thoughts.
I have an unfortunate tendency to focus on the bad behavior of Christians, then I wonder why I have to drag myself to church…
November 30, 2006
How bizarre. A woman in Colorado was threatened with $1000 worth of fines for having a Christmas wreath on the front of her house in the shape of a peace symbol.
Yes, I guess I can see that. Celebration of the season where we stress “Peace on Earth” should not be made controversial by advocating radical political notions – like, you know, peace on our earth in our day.