Missing in action? (Letters).
WHAT HAPPENED TO the "Prince of Peace" in
Sojourners' response to the events and aftermath of Sept. 11
("A Light Shines in the Darkness," November-December 2001)? I
found it strangely disconcerting that none of your contributing editors made even a passing reference to Jesus and his revolutionary gospel of
reconciliation, nonviolence, and social justice as the basis for the
appropriate Christian response to the evils of our changed world. I have
only the highest respect for the witness and perspectives of Jim Wallis,
David Batstone, Rose Marie Berger, Wesley Granberg-Michaelson (of my own
beloved Reformed Church), and the four or five others who offered
commentary in your last issue. But, somehow the person of Jesus must
have been obscured by the smoke and rubble as each of you penned your
insights and advice. Though I tend to agree with the themes that ran
through all of your articles, didn't you miss the opportunity to
appeal to deeper levels of truth and authority from the only One who
brings eternal answers to life's toughest situations?
Thankfully, tucked amidst the last issue's pages was the
short--and Christ-centered--commentary by Walter Wink, who delivered the
cup of cold water I was seeking and expected from Sojourners. He wrote:
"Christians must behave as Christians (the way of Jesus) no matter
how much our society and churches ridicule nonviolence as idealistic and
ineffective. If we cannot be faithful in such a crisis, when will
we?" Amen to that ... so tell us more!