Jesus Would Even Love Osama!? I Don't Think SO Says Prime Minister

My Australian ‘mate’ Jarrod McKenna’s sent me a provocative short piece on how Jesus would love even world criminals like Osama and how the Australian Prime Minister isn’t happy about it.

What is interesting is when John Howard (the Prime Minister) put forward his position to the press in terms of “many Australian Christians” would share his sentiments that ‘praying for our enemies’ should not be our top priority, may be right. I wonder if his comments are right particularly if “Australian Christian” is a list of identities in priority order (ie. “My identity is as an Australian and I happen to be a Christian”, rather than “My identity and how I understand how I’m to be in the world is as a Christian, and I happen to be Australian.”).

I agree with the article that our identity, and allegiance to the Kingdom of God always comes before our allegiance to national identity. And though it’s not easy to imagine what it would mean for Jesus to love Osama, it’s not too difficult what it looks like to pray for him.

“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

See the related news article here.

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...is the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC., PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, served as a "released minister" at Camas Friends Church, and father of three. He enjoys sketchnoting, sharing conversation over coffee with a friend, listening to vinyl and writing creative nonfiction.

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  1. Luke 9:57-62

    [57] As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

    [58] Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

    [59] He said to another man, “Follow me.”

    But the man replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

    [60] Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

    [61] Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.”

    [62] Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

    Jesus Christ comes before everything. Nothing in my past life gave me any lasting peace or satisfaction. I was always looking, searching; all my vain attempts to be noticed, appreciated, loved, or respected, ended in ashes. I’ve had it all – marriage, kids, house, car, & job security – & lost it all through, sin. My purpose in life is to proclaim the kingdom of God, without looking back on my past life. I am a sinner who deserves to go to hell but Jesus has delivered me from my inequities, through his death on the cross. His love lasts forever. I was lost but was found by Jesus. I love Jesus, so much. Oh! Merciful Jesus! Praise the Lord!!

    Peace Be With You
    Michael

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