A Revolutionary Kiss
Amidst the violent protests calling for a revolution in Egypt we find a reminder of the utterly unique kind of revolution Jesus calls us to. Love, bless, pray for, do good to — and yes, even KISS — our enemies (Lk 6:27-38).
Check out Shane Claiborne’s excellent piece on the problem of violence posted yesterday on Huffington Post. Money quote: “Christian theologians have said Jesus teaches a ‘third way’ to interact with evil. We see a Jesus who abhors both passivity and violence and teaches us a new way forward that is neither submission nor assault, neither…
For Memorial Day, we thought we would repost Greg’s thoughts from 2007. In this post, Greg expresses his conflicted feelings over this holiday and gives a brief defense of Christian pacifism. *** Hope you all had a happy Memorial Day. (Isn’t that something of a misnomer — a happy time remembering people killed in war?) Memorial Day…
In this episode Greg talks about the Christian call to love our enemies–even Hitler. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0007.mp3
Greg *wrestles* through violence in sports. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0373.mp3
If we take the command to turn the other cheek literally, what about the command to gouge out our eyes? Or cut off our hand? http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0452.mp3
Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple is the most commonly cited example of those who allege that he did not absolutize loving enemies or refraining from violence. I submit that this episode implies nothing of the sort. First, it is important that we understand that this episode was not an expression of unpremeditated anger on Jesus’…