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February 01, 2007

Jesus and Osama bin Laden

Now here's a statement to get the blood pressure up... or at least it seems so. Part of a media campaign designed by Outreach Media, Sydney Central Baptist Church placed the sign for passing traffic to read. Its impact reached Melbourne through media shock jocks in Sydney, and ultimately Andrew Bolt in Melbourne, all expressing indignation at this truth, which is at the heart of Jesus' teaching: "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." (Matthew 5:38-44)


You can read the exchange on Bolt's blog, where he raises such questions as "who is hell for?" (Why do we always want to condemn others to hell, and forgive ourselves so freely?)

Questions raised include:
* the relationship between love of a person and our response to their actions
* the scandalous forgiveness at the heart of the gospel
* our desire for "justice" (or is that "judgment"?)
* the impact of those who have suffered by the reported actions of bin Laden.

It does, however, underline the way in which we see love in our society... as something which must be earned.

Posted by gary at February 1, 2007 04:48 PM


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