Which means, this is Jesus-style Christianity and not a watered down, weak, cultural form.
I recently came across this prayer that was etched on a wall of one of the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. It was found with the liberation of these death camps. We have no idea who wrote it.
O Lord, when I shall come with glory into your kingdom, do not remember only the men of good will; remember also the men of evil.
May they be remembered not only for their acts of cruelty in this camp, the evil they have done to us prisoners…
But balance against their cruelty the fruits we have reaped under the stress and in the pain; the comradeship, the courage, the greatness of heart, the humility, and patience which have been born in us and become part of our lives, because we have suffered at their hands.
May the memory of us not be a nightmare to them when they stand in judgment. May all that we have suffered be acceptable to you as a ransom for them.
Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies…
This prayer just MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL—unless you understand the deepest things of God and the gospel of grace, love, mercy, and forgiveness.
This prayer just MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL—unless you participate in the sacrificial suffering and death of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who died for enemies, that he might reconcile us to God and make us sons and daughters of the Most High.
This prayer just MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL—unless you ponder long and deep the words of Jesus to all of us, “As the Father has sent me, so send I you…”
May you and I have the necessary grace that enlightens and empowers us to love, forgive, and even be grateful for those who disagree with us, those who oppose us, and even those who have caused us suffering. Yes, I know it just MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL—which is why grace is necessary. And which is why Jesus is more radical than we realize.
P.S. This poem was quoted in Becoming Adult, Becoming Christian by James Fowler.
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