The way of Jesus, when properly understood is dangerous, disappointing, and even disturbing.
Many in our country is reeling from the attack at the Emmanuel AME Church in South Carolina. John Stewart’s words ring true in the ears of many: this a terrorist attack, and the result of America’s lackadaisical approach to systemic problems of gun violence and racism.
We want something to fix.
“Take down that Confederate flag!”
“Pass stricter gun laws!”
Or even… “Pastors should carry guns.”
These are real problems, that as John Stewart, and even President Obama have said that we will probably continue to ignore. But even if we did solve those problems, our efforts would have very little power compared to dangerous, disappointing and disturbing hospitality of the Emmanuel Wednesday Night Bible Study.