Saturday, May 1, 2004
What I wrote concerning the film "The Passion of the Christ" (March 3, 2004) is certainly not "dangerous" unless you draw lines where none exist. I look beyond the conspiring high priests, the spineless Pontius Pilate, the cruel Roman soldiers and all in the crowd yelling, "Crucify him," those who happened to be living at that time.
We Christians who do believe that Jesus is the promised savior, rather than point our finger at "who did it," point to ourselves instead, to our own faults, our own sinfulness and weaknesses. When we do that, all anti-Semitism vanishes (as does anti-Roman-soldierism and anti-Pilateism, for that matter). I do not have to go to a library to discover whom to blame. God did not create our differences. We do that ourselves, and when we do, we miss the message of Christ -- to love God our creator and to love each other as he loves us. That is a love without blame, fault-finding or judgment -- unconditionally. Certainly a challenge.