changes when Christians get power. When Jesus said "Love your enemies,"
he was talking to people who didn't have a whole lot of choice in the
matter. Sure, they could rebel (and they did), but it was always
short-lived and futile in the wake of Roman retribution. American
Christians today stand in a very different situation than did Jesus or
Power changes love, somehow seducing it by reminding us what we
have to lose. And when love has something to lose, it wavers. The love
of Jesus is unhindered, unwavering, exuberant. I don't know if brown is
the new black or if Muslims are the new Nazis But I do know that there
is no "new love" to offer our enemies in this world. The old one,
demonstrated so well by Jesus, works just fine, and remains the only
answer, albeit a disturbing one, to this perplexing question.
Are Muslims the New Nazis?
Dave Datema, General Director,
Frontier Mission Fellowship
Mission Frontiers March-April 2010