Tuesday, May 17, 2005

The Methodology of Moral Terrorism.

The word 'terrorism' seems to have found its way to bizarre stardom, having given meaty 'roles' to play in the deliverence of propaganda-filled speeches; in which; it is more often than not; used as a reckless synonym to anything which is arabic-sounding or Muslim-looking; or plainly injected to mean anything which involves brute force and covetedness.

I cannot help thinking that perhaps, there will even come a day when the popularity of the suffix -ism as a descriptive word will be taken over by 'terrorism'.

Simply by adding any word prior to it would do the trick. Marina Mahathir seemed to have sent her message across quite effectively by conjuring the term "moral terrorism" to denote a sense of moral wrong in imposing one's religion to another through the authority and political means in a country.

She was referring of course, to a particular nation of great power; wherby a certain leader has used his personal beliefs through his faith, to resolve certain legislative issues; that involved people who did not share the same beliefs as he did. "Using authority and political power to confine people to act within the certain boundaries of a religion is not only morally wrong, but also a form of moral terrorism"(as paraphrased) , this prolific writer stated.

To a short yet certain extent, I do agree with her. The "short and certain extent", however; requires much clarification and even improvisation to be made on my part.

Part of my struggle with Christianity belonged to the disposition that Christians were an awfully inconsiderate lot when it came to sharing their faith to others. As if it were a hard hit on the head, I was again reminded on how this struggle used to pull me away from even listening to the Gospel, when a non-Christian friend lodged her complaint to me recently; just as I was about to use the 'Colombo method' to put a pebble in her shoe, so to speak.

The problem with Christians sharing their faith to others is but one- being too quick to give half-baked answers without having an equal interest to listen. Thus, we find that our best intentions for our loved ones are often miscontrued too easily, as arrogance and imperialistic in nature.

Perhaps, it is not being miscontrued after all. Perhaps, we are indeed arrogant. And too quick to wanting to give macro-answers, which actually turned out to be myopic and weak.

Greg Koukl said curtly that "we would be lucky to even save our own faith, let alone share our faith with others". Such is the ending for those who perceive that they have a higher understanding of a truth and knowledge than the rest, therefore rendering themselves as "qualified" to speak of this truth and knowledge to others, and expect that their audience would have high regards on their so-called knowledge.

The luckier ones would perhaps get some boost of confidence if positive responses are gained. However; greater the height, greater the fall. The desire to gain knowledge has thus become a tool to gain higher authority, power and appraisal.

Even the pursuit of knowledge; has become corrupted and a temptation to evil.

It must come to our realisation that holding precious knowledge on Christ does not necessarily mean for us to think that we are 'exclusively right' and therefore, deserved to be listened to and agreed upon easily. Nor does holding precious knowledge on Christ yet, being willing to see the views of non-believers; means that our faith in Christ is diluted in form.

The medium to break communication barriers and the perception that Christianity imposes its doctrines and standards on others, lies in the humility of Christ's followers. If we were to preach the Gospel in a manner which is viewed as obnoxious and seemingly self-righteous, we are only creating a hostile environment that is preventing an engaging interfaith conversation from taking place.

The same application works in a Christian environment. How do we expect fellow Christians to learn from one another when the so-called admonishment come with a sense of competitiveness to be "doctrinally right"?

Let's not even talk about "triple-tiger-strikes" when it comes to sharing our faith, when we do not even learn to practise humility.


Blogger jacksons said...

Wow Bohtea, this must be the providence of God! I was just reading a rather unlikely story today, let me tell you about it.

Regina Lynn is the in-house perversion reporter for Wired magazine. She keeps us updated on the porn industry and champions things like pornography for the enrichment of relationships and a post Christian sexually “liberated” American society and she writes for wired magazine (www.wired.com), one of my favorite IT magazines (though I don’t appreciate Regina’s section).

Now given her background, its amazing that she just wrote an article that is complaining about the libertines flaunting their perversion in the faces of those who don’t want it. (read it at http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,67506-2,00.html?tw=wn_story_page_next1). So while I don’t agree with her that porn should be a part of culture, I rejoice that even one like her can see the problem in militant libertines, fighting for their rights at the expense of all of the rest of us. If people had their way to be nude on the streets, I will have to keep my infant son away from the streets! See the oppression so possible from the other side?

"Using authority and political power to confine people to act within the certain boundaries of a religion is not only morally wrong, but also a form of moral terrorism" – and yet Marina, and the libertines have to make sure they can clearly draw the line of where morality can be enforced, so as to make life livable for the rest of us.

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