According to Matthew 5:39-41, Jesus says :
” If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also.
If anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give him your cloak as well.
If anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile.”
For much of Christian history, people have heard these verses as affirming nonresistance.
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi said Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount provided the foundation for their political protests. Facing hate with love, and war with peace.
Does this peaceful quote from Jesus allow any evil to harm and try to insult Christianity in the name of any religion? While people from many religions are attacking Christians in many ways, Christians are almost silent about it.
Churches and convents are being vandalized and destroyed, nuns and priests are being kidnapped and killed, and Christians are being subjected to all kind of violence.
Latest incident happened at Sabis School in Koura, North Lebanon. The principal didn’t allow a student to enter the class before cleaning his forehead from the cross of ash. In the name of laicism and out of respect for other religions. Nice excuse. Mr principal, can you please explain for us how a temporary cross of ash is not lay, while a permanent veil on the head of a beautiful little girl is ?
Although not mentioned by the media, another religious silent issue at another important School of Koura, the veil is permitted while a cross on the chest of a student or even a teacher is forbidden. Both should be respected, and discrimination is not accepted. Neither from earth, nor from heaven.
In fact it is not rocket science and it doesn’t need a genius to understand the issue. It is purely commercial. Let us stop hiding our head in the sand, people are educated and smart. So please stop using religions for the sake of your income and number of students : this region of north Lebanon attracts more Muslim students than Christians. Period.
Stop using religion to get or save a political position, or to make a business deal .
Religion is personal, and no one should impose on others his religion, as no one can impose the color of their skin.
Real religions are about spirituality, not about clothes, not about countries and mainly not about wars.
Real religious people are spiritual and they respect other religions and beliefs as much as they respect theirs, or otherwise they are not religious people.
Diversity of religions make our country even more beautiful, as long as politicians don’t drag us into wars in the name of the Prophet Mohammad or Jesus Christ. Hate spread to a point where people from same religions are killing each other. Believe me, the Prophet and Jesus both don’t care about your wars .
Did the Prophet ask you to break the Virgin Mary’s statues either at Turkish airport or anywhere else? Did He tell you to break into churches and steal and kill people? Did He tell you to kiss the Virgin’s statue and mention profanities on facebook? Did He tell you to surround your body and kill other innocent Muslims, including children ? I am sure He didn’t, I am sure He is upset and ashamed of you. The Virgin Mary is also respected in the Islam. Mary is specifically mentioned in the Quran .The nineteenth chapter is named after her and is, to some extent, about her life. Of the Quran’s 114 suras, she is among only eight people who have a chapter named after them.
I have great friends from other religions. We never argue although we talk loudly about our religions. We even accept and save little religious souvenirs from each other whenever we go on a pilgrimage. We invite each others to Iftars and to Christmas dinners. This is how it is supposed to be everywhere. This is how we live peacefully in our beautiful country.
All our thanks and respects to all the honorable religious people who are trying to stop this hateful war. Many Muslims are ashamed of the wars, explosions and killings declared in the name of the Prophet. Those are real religious who will make Islam proud.
To all haters of God ,we announce to you that we will turn the left cheek for you to hit, not in the superficial meaning you might understand, but the way Jesus meant it; meaning you are too shallow and far from God to understand. Christians are forgivers, not losers.
We understand that this kind of evil people have some unresolved issues inside. They have some major problems, anger, resentment, or some heartache and they are trying to use religion to express those negative feelings. The last thing we need is to make matters worse by responding angrily. But we will respond in God’s way, in the name of one God who never looses, and who’s justice always prevails.
We can’t stop evil from happening, but we can choose to say, ‘God, it’s in your hands’. We will keep on moving forward. We are going to stay full of joy and we are going to enjoy life.