If you don't mind, a Christian with some Jewish blood, a black butt, a Swiss mind, a witch at Salem for an ancestor, and Irish luck would like to interject with some of his thoughts about Jesus, whatever his name really was and whatever is true or false about what is attributed to him. I know that there are always some people out there who will take your work and then twist it to fit their audience. In Christ's case, that would be Rome, mostly.
I get the sense that some of you hate Tom for expressing his views of the Holocaust, Jewish identity, whiteness, just about anything he says, but I say, Tom, I am always appreciative of your comments and writing. You passion for your beliefs is commendatory. But I would ask you, and all of these people who feel hate in your hearts to think about what the real message of Christ was. All of this talk about Satan and Armegeddon, and all of this talk about them or those not being worthy, contradicts what Christ was all about, from my studies of the man.
The people who wrote these hostile things about killing and vengeance were not Christ. Everyone of them was a sinful man with sinful visions of life, as we all are to some degree. Let's not forget that in this life we are all condemned to sin. Who amongst you knows where your righteous love ends and your sinful love begins? And let's not forget that the Romans who codified the stories we read in The Bible had an agenda that was not the agenda of Christ. They had an empire to run. All of their concerns were with this world and how to protect their crumbling regime. Christianity appealed.
Christ did say, from what I can fathom, that he did not come to save this world, but the souls of men (people). Those souls are found in all people of all colors, races, religions, creeds, on and on, male and female. I don't think he would say that there is one of us who has ever been born on this earth that is not worthy of salvation. And I don't think Jesus would care if you advocated for him, those mindless dresser uppers who repeat precious phrases ad nauseum, if you held to the principles he found most precious, love, healing, forgiveness, peace, and charity.
Don't all of you know the parable of The Good Samaritan? Talk is cheap, actions matter. Don't be at Christ. Be in Christ. Have you ever imagined the physical pain he endured? The conflict he must have felt? This is a man who rather than let himself be saved by the sword, died on the cross and forgave all who led him to that fate. He coulod have escaped his fate by denying what he believed, just one word to Pilate, no. But he remained silent. He didn't curse and scream and plead for mercy as he was whipped and beaten by the gauntlet of detractors. As nails were hammered into his flesh and he was raised to burn in the blazing sun, he did not cry for his life. He cried for those he would not be able to save. He wondered why his father had forsaken him, maybe, from what I know that is only in the book of Mark, not the other gospels.
How can any of you not admire that man, even if he was merely a man? A man of kindness, decency, and principle, without a hypocritical bone in his body? How could the Jews and the Romans have been so cruel? Because they were cruel. Cruel to anybody who threatened their hegemony. They were poached in sin.
We live in a world poached in sin, where people are sold an idea from their earliest breaths the hedonistic idea that their comfort is all that counts and it is worthy of any action to protect that right. Happiness is not gluttony, unless you're a glutton, and I look around and all I see is gluttony with no real concern for what is happening to those people and creatures who really on our good sense. I see even less good sense than I do greed. When did greed become a good investment strategy beyond the ramifications of actions? When did bigotry become the paint we broadly brush people of different looks and ideas become the method for protecting a homeland that prides itself on being the beacon of freedom and democracy in this world?
In Christ there are no foreign invaders, there are only souls waiting to be claimed by love. And our task is not to be perfect pupils of words that desecrate the man's legacy, but to be better stewards of our own hearts, minds, and souls, so when we look out into the eyes of others we are not seeing enemies to be destroyed, but potential friends who might share the message.
I'm not the fool my sister, and family, and ex believe me to be. I will fight to protect to protect what I believe needs protecting. I was not raised Amish, but WASP, with hockey and combativeness in my blood. But some days I wish I was, and could say honestly what that father of one of those slain, little Amish girls said at the school house where she died. "I am so thankful to the father that I do not have to judge this man's soul. My child is with God now. Please leave us in peace."
In Witness, the movie, of which I just saw this clip, the old Amish man says to the young boy, "Sometimes in life we have to fight and kill to protect those we love." When I heard that I wanted to punch the screenwriter who I assume was Jewish. That's a Jewish thought, a WASP thought, a person of this world, thought. Not Amish and I saw it as a desecration of the people I come from, who live to follow Christ in the path of peace.