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Destruction of Serbian Church

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Written by Basil on 02/18/2008 9:21 PM. Filed under:

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Remember the destruction by the Taliban of irreplaceable Buddhist statues? Raising an outcry about that (which I did, because it was the right thing to do) was hip. Raising an outcry about the destruction of churches hundreds of years old is apparently not as hip.

There is little that we can do to stop the spread of hate that springs up like a prolific weed from the bloody soil of our planet. However, surely we can elect officials who will stop interfering in the affairs of others as if we were omniscient. We are not. In fact, we are often quite ignorant and belligerently so. If you wish to call the libertarian and classic American position isolationism, so be it. Perhaps it would be a welcome respite from nosy interference in the affairs of others.

Hat tip: tmatt @ GetReligion

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4 Responses to “Destruction of Serbian Church”

  1. Roger Johnson Says:

    Do you grieve as much when a Baptist church is burned down or when a Catholic church is desecrated by people sneaking in to have sex for a radio show as has happened? The answer may very well be a resounding yes, but I wonder.

  2. Basil Says:

    Do I grieve? Yes, absolutely. As much? I must confess, no. Though if it were a thousand year old Catholic church being burned, I would probably grieve as much. I grieve, even now, when I hear about the destruction of monasteries during the early years of the Reformation. I do grieve, but the extent to which I am touched by the grief depends a great deal on what is irretrievably lost, I suppose.

    To which I can only say, Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.

  3. Roger Johnson Says:

    Makes sense. Here here!

  4. Joshua Falconer Says:

    Has the thought of martyrdom occurred to anyone viewing this? To talk about whether or not raising an outcry is ‘hip’ is a trivial matter. To raise an outcry, to try to pull out the weed of hate, is only to return hate for hate, adding to its growth. But Christ calls us to martyrdom, to picking up our cross, to turning the other cheek, to loving our enemies and praying for those who persecute us. Such is the outcry that all Christians should raise in unity. And it is the only message that has the potential to effectively transform the root of hate where it really matters – in the heart, not in political power struggles.