Maybe this should be in anther forum, but…
I am a Christian. That is to say a follower of Christ. Trying to live a life that is Christ-like.
I have been considering what that means lately. I have recently read a book called Blue Like Jazz and it has had a profound effect on me.
I imagine God trying to reach His people, trying to get them to love Him and love each other. We just didn’t get it. We kept treating each other poorly, even cruelly, and we treated God as a fair weather friend at best and a blunt weapon to bash each other over the head with at worst.
So he became human in the form of Jesus. The life of Jesus is , in my opinion, God saying “Like this”. He lived as us and showed us how we are to love God and love each other.
So I imagine Jesus saying to me “Love each other like this. Do it as I showed you.” And I live my life as I do, and at some point turn to Jesus and ask, “Like this? Am I getting it right?” And I imagine the dissappointment on His face as He shakes His head.
You know arguing/debating here is fun. I guess it is more fun when the debate gets heated. But I have said some things I don’t really mean just to get the better of some of you in the debate. I have misrepredented my true self so that I could one-up you on this message board.
For the record, I think torture is detestable. I don’t think as a Christian I can advocate making another of God’s creation suffer for any reason. I don’t think He would do that.
I do agree with staying the course in Iraq because I think in the long run our success there means a safer and more quality of life for Iraqis.
As to the comments of Durbin, they are really a non-issue. Nothing a Senator, Democrat or Republican calls our activities changes them. I would like to see more responsible discussion of the issue from both sides. Durbin could have chosen his words more carefully and helped shine light on abuses at Gitmo. Instead he created a firestorm with him in the middle. I would also challenge more Republicans to address the abuses. I do not think that torture is institutional there, but I do think there are people who are guilty, from the bottom to who-knows-how-far up the chain. It deserves to be addressed seriously and not after incindiary remarks.
I know that many of you disagree with my stances on these issues. But I thik that we all share the common desire for the situation in Iraq be settled as wuickly as possible with as little human suffering as possible. I think that means staying fast, you may think that it means bringing everyone home. The fact of the matter is that none of us know the answer. But I think when we get into screaming, insult-fests it serves no other purpose but to lower our respect for each other as human beings. And I think THAT is not what He would want…at least from me. YMMV.