Bin Laden was on my prayer list. I wanted to meet him. I wanted to tell him who is the real boss in the world. But then he was murdered, I call it. Murdered, because he didn't shoot back. He had no resistance. That's not warfare. And I have had too much of that. A good number of my own friends in Gaza have been assassinated.I would love to imagine a meeting between Barack Obama, Christian, and Brother Andrew, Christian. With Obama, chief cheerleader of the operation that killed Bin Laden, and Andrew, who had a different priority: to minister to Bin Laden.
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Christ at the Checkpoint conference, Bethlehem Bible College, 2010.
Following up on this interview, I remembered that Brother Andrew had participated in the Christ at the Checkpoint conference a couple of years ago in Bethlehem. Between sessions at that conference he gave a brief interview which you can see here. I was particularly struck by a couple of points he made:
Stephen Sizer: You said in your presentation you were a pessimist, but because you were a pessimist, you were ...What Andrew calls pessimism seems refreshing realism to me. As optimistic as I am by nature, I can't see a path to peace in Israel and its region that doesn't include prayer and sacrifice. Among the things we must sacrifice is glib categories, politically convenient righteousness and cheap populism, guarantees based on violence. I think we must be willing to be broken--at the very least heart-broken--if we want to see fewer people broken by bombs and missiles and walls. But this is far from the triumphalism or the special pleading of most of the region's prominent actors.
Brother Andrew: That makes me busy! If I were an optimist, I would sit down with my wife, and with ... I use the word "geranium," because we happen to have them ... I think in a way Jesus was a pessimist because in the Gospels, right at the beginning of every Gospel, it already begins to talk about his suffering. He knew that's what he's heading for, that's what we are heading for, there's no other way than the way of the cross. If you go that way, it will end up in glory but through the cross. Why are we so afraid of the cross?
... I was speaking at the university, at the Hamas university, and all the Hamas leaders were there ... At the end of it I said I am not the man for a dialogue with you Muslims, but, I said, anytime, anywhere, I wanted a dialogue with Muslims on this one question, what kind of person does the book produce? Your book, my book. That's what I want to talk about.
Stephen Sizer: And you said, Christian jihad, from 1 Timothy, Paul said, I have fought that good fight--
Brother Andrew: I have fought that jihad. It's one thing to know what you believe intellectually, or even [what it] advises spiritually, but are you walking that way?--because only as you follow him, keep close, and only as you move, you have people follow you. If you just stay there static with all your tremendous righteous beliefs, you're not doing anything.
When I was a new and naive Christian, I thought it should be axiomatic that the more conservative your theology was, the more radical your practice would be. That, however, is not how the conventional religion industry operates. Occasionally, I still see confirming flashes--such as these interviews with Brother Andrew.
Bin Laden is dead. Which of our enemies are you and I praying for today?
"How to be a member of Jesus's family."
reveals an almost perfect universe." And "Voyager 1 probe boldly goes, and goes."
The latest additions to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry were announced today. To my total delight, they included one of my absolute favorite blues albums: Junior Wells, Hoodoo Man Blues.
In memory of Magic Slim....
Magic Slim feat. Keb' Mo' "Mother in law blues" & "The blues is alright" - Jazz à Vienne 2012 from Zycopolis Jazz TV on Vimeo.