The Jesus Conversation
There are Rabbis and Imams who sound like mad men. There are also many of them who sound more like Jesus than a good number of their professing, Christian counterparts; especially on matters pertaining to peaceful, loving coexistence.
I Love Jesus, The Prince of Peace, and believe with all of my heart that He is The Way, The Truth, The Life, The Resurrection, The Brightness of the Father's Glory, and the Express Image of His Person. My problem is not with Him, it's with the preachers and politicians who have knowingly or unwittingly misrepresented Him as a warmongering, real estate tycoon Who is bent on the ethnic cleansing of "bad people" in order for the "chosen people" to get what is rightfully theirs.
Too many people have taken on the role of judge, jury, and executioner (or simply supported it through proxy nations), instead of following the Beatitudes. Others are so ignorantly bent on historical, First Century calamities being unleashed (a second time...which has no solid, Biblical or historical foundation) in their lifetime, that they actually long for war and the destruction of "the bad people".
The sad irony is that The Great Commission has everything to do with bringing LIFE and nothing to do with God's "chosen people" being purveyors of ethnic cleansing and destruction.
We have been called to be Peace Makers, not Crusaders!
Peace, Salam, & Shalom!