Letters for July 31, 2015

• Jesus an anarchist?

Jesus an anarchist?

Carolyn Alcafaras’s July 26 letter contained strongly critical and negative judgment of my beliefs, my Bible knowledge, my sins, and my ignorance. Why did she judge me so harshly? The primary reason she stated is because she believes it is always a sin to judge others. Was she writing this tongue-in-cheek?

If not, it is rather amazing that she would not notice that her argument defeats her own argument. She was far more judgmental than I was. In fact, I didn’t judge anybody. I simply stated that I believe the Bible teaches that some activities are sins. I did not name any names, like she did.

Carolyn also stated that Jesus was “a true anarchist, in every sense of the word.” I encourage you to read the teachings of Jesus and/or ask a pastor or a priest if this is true.

Jesus’ taught, so famously, that we should “go the second mile.” This was in reference to the cruel Roman oppression that included a Roman soldier’s right to demand civilians to carry their gear for a mile.

Jesus taught how to revolutionize the situation. Going the second mile changed it from a burdensome demand to a voluntary act of love. Jesus was revolutionary, but he was not an anarchist who believes in no laws or rulers.

Jesus loved the oppressed and the sinners. But he did not deny the existence of sin. After loving and forgiving someone, he would say, “go, and sin no more” (John 8:11).

Mark Beeksma, Koloa

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