What is it about the “Other” that is so threatening?
In the wake of violent tragedy, can we just put down our own egos for a second and respond to pain, suffering and confusion with true compassion?
Some of us can, I guess. But the rhetoric from leaders who wish to respond to violence with even more violence is in direct contradiction to the words of Jesus- and I can’t wrap my head around how they twist “turn the other cheek” and “love your neighbor as yourself” and “those who live by the sword will die by the sword” into “Fight back or you’ll look weak” and “Hit hard, hit fast” and “Give everyone a gun” and still call themselves Christians.
It’s confusing, and I think we have to call it what it is- vengeful and hateful and xenophobic.
I’m tired of tolerating this rhetoric from “Christians”.