Yes, it’s troubling to me that the American and the European church feel they can do what Jesus said was impossible to achieve.
When Jesus was confronted by a man with a complaint concerning a brother of his, who would not share the inheritance, the Nazarene refused to weigh in. He replied, “Who has made me a judge over such matters?”
He then offered a discourse on the dangers of greed.
So it is troubling that the present Christian movement believes it can negotiate the problems between the Jews and the Muslims–brothers–instead of declaring the feud to be exactly what it is.
- Greed over dominance.
- Greed over money.
- Greed over Jerusalem.
- Greed over favor with Father Abraham.
Nothing can ever be accomplished unless we understand that Judaism and Islam are not religions–they are two different tellings of a mutual history. The feast days, rituals and story lines that are thrown in are established to add credence to a family squabble.
Christianity was never intended to be a religion either, but rather, a lifestyle.
The Jesonian–the life of Jesus, the teachings of Jesus and the heart of Jesus–is a lifestyle. It is an abundant life that was offered to counteract a historical squabble. When Christians side one way or another on this dispute, they err, failing to honor the mission of Jesus, who said that he was not a judge over such things–because the conflict was and is grounded in greed.
The Jews are my brothers and sisters by creation, but they are not my relatives in faith. The Muslims, likewise, are my brothers and sisters by genesis, but not my fellow-laborers in the matters of spirit and truth.
It is my job as a Christian to love these two factions into understanding that there are things more important in life than trying to possess control.
God favors neither Jew nor Muslim. The message of Jesus is “whosoever will may come.”
But they do need to come–instead of standing at a distance, screaming at one another.