Barbara Kay takes a swipe a Christian Peacemake Teams


 Barbara Kay takes a swipe at Christian Peacemaker Teams


Personally, I don’t think she has a clue.  The Christian Peacemakers  on the ground may have an imbalanced view of the conflict in the middle east, but their view of Christ is anything but “simplistic” or “masochistic.”  Two of the strongest themes in biblical thought is standing with the oppressed and being willing to suffer.   A thought largely lost on today’s comfort Christianity.  Being willing to suffer is much different than taking pleasure in suffering.

  1. #1 by Jadon on December 20, 2006 - 12:28 pm

    What is interesting about the article is that the author is just as partisan and exclusionary as the groups she assumes are. She may accuse Neturei Karta and Christian Peacemakers of oversimplifying religious faith by being unnecessarily political, yet she does not include those who support their political rulers as well. That certainly is revealing of what she thinks would constitute exemplary political and religious practice.

    Why doesn’t she chastise those evangelicals who supported the war in Iraq or those who uncritically support Israel? That would fit the criteria she offers:

    “To distinguish what is admirable from what is perverted in the spiritual impulse to holiness, ask: Is the individual or group using their religion as a tribunal to plead all of fallible mankind’s case to a compassionate Father; or as a tribunal for expediting a partisan Judge’s punitive dissatisfaction with certain lesser men and women?”

    If her point is that religious practice can sometimes translate into limited political capital, that’s a fair argument. As it stands in her analysis though, it just comes across as imbalanced and biased.

  2. #2 by Rob Kroeker on December 20, 2006 - 3:27 pm

    I heard a little bit of her speil on Adler this afternoon – she sounds like someone who really doesn’t want to be challenged by anything that goes against her on biblical worldview – that happens to line up with common modern thought.

    Are we supposed to be different than the rest of the world – funny I keep forgetting (especially when I see those liberals keep getting into power :P

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