I told everyone in an earlier post I was going to tie my Christian message to politics and today I found the perfect example.
Terrorism is the most horrific political issue of today’s world. How do we approach it as Christians. Do we hate our enemies and seek vengeance? I think that in allowing hatred and vengeance to consume us we are playing into the hands of the terrorists. Carolyn the author of nside the Mind of a Maniac once mentioned (in another thread) that a favourite saying of her’s was “Resentment is like swollowing poison and waiting for the other person to die.” while resentment is not totally synonymous with vengeance it is part of the overarching hatred that spawns a heart of vengeance. The essence of the quote to me is, like a disease, by consuming hatred we allow it to consume us.
How should Christians respond to Evil? I think the key is in the following verse. Romans 12:21 Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
To relinquish hatred is very difficult but is it possible and how? This is how our personal faith can have a political impact. Lets look at the example of Michael Berg who’s son was beheaded in Iraq. Berg is against the war in Iraq , and in an act I find both awesome and incredible, he forgave his son’s murderers, but admits it was not easy, he says;
“I learned that forgiveness is like quitting smoking cigarettes,” , “Sometimes, the evil gets to you, and you have to quit all over again.” “Sometimes, you have to forgive over and over again.”
This act was inspired by his faith that says;
Matthew 18: 21-22
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”
22Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
We may not be able to live up to the example of Christ but we may be able to live up to that of Michael Berg.