It’s a new day and I’ve received a number of worried reactions about the post I made yesterday (just under this one on my home page). Was it too crude? Can a Christian minister write what I did? Did I cross a line of encouraging hatred toward terrorists?
Actually, I chose my words quite carefully. I made two previous attempts during the day to write something, but in both cases my words were coming from my head, not my heart, and ended up being just more analysis in an already wordy day.
What’s the strongest, perhaps most emotional, term in the English language to express disapprobation? Well, “f**k you” must be fairly high on the list. Those who know me know it is not something I’ve ever said to another person. But in this situation, allowing for the visceral nature of my reaction to the events of the day, I felt it was the best formulation to express my disgust and anger.
Not a “Christian” thing to use such strong language? If you believe that then you have not understood the strength of language Jesus himself uses in the Gospels directed at those who use their religion as an instrument to bring harm to others. What I said in the context of yesterday was certainly not any stronger than what he said in the context of his day.
Finally, do I hate the terrorists, or do I encourage hatred? No, and no. I feel sorry for these people, for the delusions that have gripped their minds, the lies they’ve been told, the shallow humans they have become. What a sad way to live one’s life, and end it.
So, gentle reader, I will not take down the post. It was written to be confrontational, to be an honest reflection of what I was feeling, and -hopefully – to put into words what others were thinking and feeling too.