Author: Ruth A. Tucker
"Are the atrocities that are done in the name of Christianity or Islam true indicators of the nature of Christianity or Islam, or not?
If the answer to this question is that these atrocities are not true indicators—but mere aberrations—then we have nothing to fear from the continued expansion of Christianity or Islam. But, if the answer to this question is, as I suspect, that these cruelties are true indicators—and inevitable consequences—of the way we have constructed our religions, then we have everything to fear from Christianity or Islam in the coming millennium."
“Separating religion from politics does not mean we do not bring our faith and the ethics derived from our faith to bear on our politics in terms of our discussions about politics. To the contrary, all real believers cannot help but bring their faith and ethics derived from their faith to bear on their politics… But separating religion from politics means not using our particular religion for party political purposes as a means of manipulation or exploitation to gain or retain power. For our faith to be “non-political” means for it to be “non-partisan” and “not-imposed”.”
Many conversations between Christians and Muslims about Isa or Jesus deteriorate from dialogue into debate and from debate into dispute, generating more heat than light on the subject. Often this occurs because both sides want to impose their own particular view of Isa or Jesus on the other and are unable and/or unwilling to respect the other person’s particular point of view.
In order to avoid such unproductive disputations, I have written the following observations based on those views of Isa or Jesus that both the Qur’an and the Injil or the Gospel (as recorded in the Gospels in the New Testament, according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) have in common.
While I acknowledge the significant differences Christians and Muslims have about Isa/Jesus, I have intentionally tried to focus on those beliefs about him that Christians and Muslims have in common as the place for us to start our conversations, treating “common ground” not as suspect compromise, but as “sacred ground” on which we can stand and speak to one another.
Let us be frank, on first hearing the call to be poor, hungry, sad, and unpopular is not an attractive option, is it? It’s exactly the opposite of what most of us aspire to.
But on second hearing, the call to be poor—to be with the poor in spirit; to be hungry—and to be hungry for justice; to be sad—because we are weeping with those that weep; and to be unpopular—because we are committed to follow the way of Christ with integrity—is quite intriguing, quite challenging, quite exciting.
And the more we think about it, the more we begin to slowly but surely realize that the call to be with the poor in spirit, to be hungry for justice, to be sad because we are weeping with those that weep, and to be unpopular because we are committed to follow the way of Christ with integrity, is in fact the only way that the kingdom of God can be ours, the only way that God can satisfy our hunger for justice, and the only way that we can have the last laugh as part of that great tradition of people with integrity, who suffered scorn, but triumphed at the end. As my friend Brian McLaren says, “The kingdom of heaven comes to people who crave not victory but justice, who seek not revenge but mercy, who strive for peace and who are courageously eager to suffer pain for the cause of justice, not inflict it.”
And in the light of that knowledge we know we need to make a choice: to be—or not to be—the change we want to see.
I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
"the lostness of man, the greatness of God and the glory of the future which will correct much wrong thinking and behavior within the church, and so enable the church to effectively confront the world by holding out the Gospel." He writes his book "to enable Christians to trust 'the God who is there' and his gospel and so enable them to move confidently into the world," (p. 22).Yes, God's people, have often lost a healthy view of who God is, but it seems to me that Tinker is preaching more to the choir, without helping them understand how to connect and speak into a world that is lost and needs a framework to understand and experience God.
“I strongly object to suppressing the ads on the grounds that they might ‘offend’ people. If anybody is ‘offended’ by something so trivial as a prayer, they deserve to be offended.”The assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, said he was:
“flabbergasted that anyone would find this prayer offensive to anybody, including people of no particular religious belief.”Ironically, the commercial was scheduled to be screened before the new Star Wars film – which has spawned its own religion with 177,000 claiming Jedi to be their religion in the 2011 British Census.
Our Father in heaven
Holy is your name
May your kingdom come soon
May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
Give us today the food we need
And forgive us our sins as we have forgiven those who sin against us
And don't let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one
For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.74 words (in the above version).
There is no way that a person who claims to be a follower of Jesus can do that.We are called to be people of grace. Which includes being gracious with our words. Recognizing every person as being created in the image and likeness of God (no matter what their politics). Recognizing that that image and likeness is flawed or broken in every person (including me). And so anytime we denigrate someone, we are making a comment on God's character and workmanship.
“I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
We need to always be praying for our nation, our leaders - and during elections, all the candidates and voters – that Canada would be a nation that “exalts righteousness”. (Proverbs 14:34)
We need to Pray for a government that would:
- create strong families and marriages;
- protect the vulnerable including children, youth, those living in poverty, those exploited, the unborn, seniors, and those living with disabilities;
- share our blessings with the world in the way of foreign relief, peace-keeping, development work, and welcoming refugees fleeing persecution and violence.
Entitlement is the belief that I am exempt from responsibility and I am owed special treatment. Entitlement is: The man who thinks he is above all the rules. The woman who feels mistreated and needs others to make it up to her.
1. An attitude of being special...
2. An attitude of being owed, of deserving something...
3. A refusal to accept responsibility...
4. A denial of one's impact on others...
"a progression: Entitlement gives way to law, and then law gives way to grace. The self-absorbed person finally comes face-to-face with the reality that he is not God... This truth brings a lot of pain. So then he moves to try another tactic: He tries to be very, very good, and do things very, very well... But ultimately this tactic fails, too, as all our works do.
At that point, he is ready for God's Hard Way - the path that says we are all failures, that we all have to admit those failures and take responsibility for them. And then having faced the intolerable, we come face to face with grace."