32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. (Bible -Luke 6)
Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture - [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled. (Quran 9:29)
To illustrate this, I draw your attention to the kind of thing that can be faced in the turmoil of political life and social protest.
|Left wing rioters attacking a Reclaimer.|
It seems to me that the democratic right, and sometimes the social obligation to express dissatisfaction with the Government or social trends on the streets is fraught with problems in living out the words of Christ above. This is not to say His words are impossible to live. Perhaps the concept of 'reasonable restraint' enters in here according to our law. Stopping a violent activist from harming an elderly woman seems quite in harmony with one's personal responsibility and with Christs words when seen in their cultural context. Jesus spoke in the cultural form "exaggerated contrast"..making a point by overstating it.. "If your eye sins, gouge it out".
The normal human reaction to political and religious difference is illustrated in the words from the Quran above..
"Fight, defeat, dominate".
Even if we take Christs words to be a deliberate exaggeration for the sake of making a point, there is still a world of difference between how he taught his disciples to that of Muhammad. If someone whacks you in the face....you want to whack them back.... in other words.. there was nothing of eternal or redeeming value in Muhamad's method or teaching, he was simply appealing to the natural man. Jesus, however was saying that our natural human nature is flawed, damaged and needs repair. He spoke about a 'new birth' by virtue of which a completely new vision of life and our fellow man would be experienced.
Amazingly, his 'peace' model has endured, and during the first 300 yrs of Christianity, worked it's way into the highest places and people.. so today we see a Cathedral and countless Churches in most Cities in the West. The concept of 'reasonable force and restraint' seems to come from his words.
Life goes on in Melbourne. The gentle Reclaimers, the more edgy UPF, the violent 'no room for racism' Left wingers...the hate filled anarchists.. will all continue to do their thing. Where will it lead? This observer has participated in the Reclaim events, and two UPF events, I've had cordial conversations with some, and been glared at with uncompromising hate by others. Neither Reclaim or UPF can be understood by one rigid model. There have been unwelcome neo nazi hangers on, there have been evangelical Christians, there have been atheists, it's a mixed bag. The Left, unfortunately, have only one way of viewing these complex social movements,.... they are "Fascists, Nazis and Racists" ..where, depending on the individual involved could be true to some degree and totally untrue in others. Therefore it's grossly unjust and seriously unfair to 'brand' a movement with a label that is rejected by the leadership.
Is this not the same charge the Left puts on Reclaim? "How can you judge a whole religion (Islam) because of the actions of a tiny minority?"... this rule seems to be one of political convenience to bolster up the sagging fortunes of the Left. But due to their own social and political narrative, they have to have a focus, a 'Satan' so to speak, and the enemy is all "Satan".... no half measures. It's a pity that the Left is unwilling to allow Reclaimers or UPF to make their point and have it weighed up by the public for what it's worth or not worth. This despotic attitude is embryonic as to how they would run society if they ever had serious power. Perhaps this explains the utterly dismal performance of Socialist candidates in any election they contest? People are awake to them.
I suppose there is a hard core of socially marginal, intellectually proud but deluded people who find meaning in life by constructing a universe where they are the 'god' so to speak. Such is the political Left. Bereft of workable social policy, blind to economic reality and bone headed about human nature, the press on regardless, meandering their way through their myopic maze of life chanting their meaningless mantras of Marx and others... finally waking up to the futility and loneliness of it all, but by that time it's too late. They are old dogs who cannot learn new tricks.