Monday, July 8, 2013

Brad Ford: Christian Jihadist

I should just start ignoring Brad Ford's ramblings at Gordon Howie's blog, but some posts begger belief. Today, Ford's post offers a defense of the Muslim* Brotherhood and the following jaw dropping paragraph:
We can imagine a Christian concept of jihad if that means simply (according to the online dictionary) “a war or struggle against unbelievers” or a “the spiritual struggle within oneself against sin.”  Sure, we can can call attention to extreme expressions of Islamic practices which are overboard, but can’t they do the some with our Jim Jones and his People’s Temple?
First, there is no Christian concept of jihad, Ephesians 6:12 points to a higher struggle: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

I'm fairly certain "unbelievers" are composed of "flesh and blood"; therefore, they don't seem to be the ones Christians struggle with.

Further, Romans 12 offers the following injunctions:
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
 I really doubt that "jihad" as commonly understood or defined by Ford includes "peaceably with all."

Finally, if there's a point to the last comparison, it's illogically stated. If Ford is implying that Jones was somehow Christian, Ford is in error.

In light of this post, I expect Ford, and by extension Gordon Howie, to oppose any of the Sharia Law bills that will come before the South Dakota Legislature next session. After all, religions should not be pitted against each other.

*The post originally identified the Egyptian group as the Islamic Brotherhood.

1 comment:

Troy Jones said...

You are certainly smarter than me as I can't even discern his point.

Is it taking to the streets against a despotic government is good or bad?

Are we called to break bread with secularists, muslims or neither?