Saturday, June 30, 2007

Inside Towanda's Head

(Originally posted February, 2007).

I'm supposed to be working on my Early Christian History mid-term, but I can't stop thinking about this:

Is there any point in being a non-violent activist if you are not coming from a place of love? Is activism still non-violent if one doesn't care that one is being divisive, tearing down rather than building up?

I'm preaching on these two texts at chapel next week. I am feeling very convicted by Paul's words. The implications of loving one's enemy -- feeding your enemy, rather than dropping a bomb (literally, or metaphorically) on him/her -- are profound but are leading me into some uncomfortable places in some things I'm involved in, as I try to discern what is the right, yet loving, thing to do.

Anyway...back to logos and soteria and gnosticism...

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    # Sophia Sadek Says:
    The Stoics had a terrific rationalization of loving their enemies. They taught their students that if they are attacked, that they should not behave violently towards their attacker. They should treat their attacker as a parent treats a spiteful child or as a physician treats an angry patient. By not getting angry at the attacker, they avoided being pulled down into a degraded, emotional state.

    Good luck with your studies!

    # Towanda Says:
    Thanks, Sophia. I wonder if I can work that in to my Early Christian History mid-term short answer response for Stoicism!

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