Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Strongly Meek

Frank and Ernst made me think about how people misunderstand 'meekness.'  Here the assumption is - and this makes the strip funny - that it is silly to ask 'the meek' if there are any objections, because - of course - they would never do anything as forceful as objecting to anything.

It is this wildly incorrect assumption that seems to drive the political commentary of far too many Christians.  No matter how horrid the actions of a politician - see the preceding posting - Christians (we are made to think) should never object.

Or if we do object, it shouldn't be very forceful.  After all, aren't we supposed to be 'meek'?

This little fairytale needs to be ground into the dust - not a very meek thought according to the fairytale, I know!

But Moses, according to the Bible, was the meekest man on earth (Num. 12:3) and yet he could order the killing of thousands of people (Ex. 32:7).

The 'meek as those who do not object' model does not fit Moses, Elijah, John the Baptizer, Peter, James, John, or Paul.  And it also does not fit Jesus very well either.

Now is the time for the truly meek to rightly use the strength of meekness to oppose evil in our society.  Right now, there is an abundance of evil at the top, and a lot of work for the meek.

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