Posted 2003-02-12 2:24 PM (#2156 - in reply to #2134) Subject: a madman shoots (nmi)
I would hope Robbieh, that this path I have chosen would with Gods strength help me to know that the issue is neither the sharpshooter or the madman, or indeed my life or any of our lives. I would pray for the vision to see the truth in my brother, beneath the wounds that present as his action, and I would communicate as best as I was able to, with the help of my Father.
Should the death of my family be the percieved ending, then I also hope I would have the faith to understand and accept that. Should the sharpshooter act and remove the threat, but in the process kill my child, I would hope that I would not begin to hate the sharpshooter or the people who chose to place him in the position of being God.
And finally robbieh, I would hope that if the sharpshooter was removed, by the bullet, that I would not find out afterwards that the complicity of the authorities to arm the madman, to provide the means by which he could terrorise me, and to have funded his past activities and given their blessings to those activities, would allow me to see that they too are my brothers and in need of my love.
The greatest act of love that I could offer this madman and his backers, would be to offer mine to him. That is the only way out of the box. This lifetime is but one of many, until we change our mind and act in the way of Jesus.
I ask: Did Jesus fight being nailed to the cross? did he protest his innocence? did he ask his disciples to intervene on his behalf?