I’ve been disturbed lately with extremism. It seems to be all around us and it appears to be growing. I read with interest an article in a Malaysian newspaper that Muslims are fleeing the country in record numbers – from extremist Muslims. Not so prevalent in the press is extremist Christians which are calling for the death of other Christians who do not subscribe to their version of fundamentalism. What happened to, “I hear your point. I don’t believe that way, but I respect your viewpoint”? I looks like to me that we’ve lost the ability to dialogue and would rather kill than talk it through.
As we begin the Lenten season, I reflect on how Jesus was confronting an extremist point of view within his own religion. Following the Law had gotten out of hand and the Sadducees in particular were going to great lengths to follow the Law without paying any attention to what it meant. Jesus stood against this extremism and paid for it with his life. As I look at extremism today, I ask myself whether or not I should sacrifice my life against those who hold this extreme point of view. Something I’m going to have to talk out with Jesus I guess…
This blog consists of reflections written by the minister each week for the Sunday bulletin. We hope that you enjoy the musings!