The Foolishness Of God

Give to him who begs from you ... love your enemies ... so that you may be sons of your Father who is in Heaven

Matthew 5:42,44,45
Matthew 5:38-48

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Sermon on the Mount,

There is a Peanuts cartoon in which little Lucy is telling her brother Linus to get with it, get on the ball, get involved. As Linus stands sucking his thumb and hanging on for dear life to his security blanket, Lucy says …

You can’t drift along forever. You have to direct your thinking. For instance, you have to decide whether you’re going to be a liberal or a conservative. You have to take some sort of stand. You have to associate yourself with some sort of Cause.

Whereupon, Linus pulls his thumb out of his mouth, puts down his security blanket, and asks Lucy, “Are there any openings in the lunatic fringe?”

We know, of course, that there are many episodes in the Gospels in which jesus is looked upon as a member of the “lunatic fringe” — not only by His enemies but also by His friends. And whether we realize it or not, it is just as true that…

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