FAST FOOD: First Helping
“I don’t condemn violence. Non-violence is a piece of theatre. You need an audience. What can you do when you have no audience? People have a right to resist annihilation.”
-Arundhati Roy, Indian political activist
The Guardian, June 2011
Ninety-eight per cent of the Christians in the world—conservative and liberal— believe exactly as Arundhati Roy believes. They believe nonviolence is just an impotent theatrical tactic, and that they have a right to resist, with whatever violence necessary, annihilation.
Their Lord, God and Savior the Jesus of the Gospels is nonviolent and teaches a Way of Nonviolence Love of friends and enemies unto death by His words and by His deeds, by His life and His death. I think it would overtax logic and sap sanity to maintain that His death on the cross, in the Spirit of Nonviolent Love towards His murderers, was but a piece of theatre.
But, did Jesus give up his power and right to resist annihilation by His choice of Nonviolent Love of friends and even lethal enemies?