To question the sacralized version of violent history and ‘salvation’ embodied in the ANZAC weekend celebrations in Australia and New Zealand is to risk being accused of ‘blasphemy’ and causing great offence, says Jarrod McKenna. Yet Christians have to risk offending in order to witness to the nonviolent overcoming we encounter and are changed by in Christ’s cross, and to point a better way forward for humanity.
While peace groups still lobby for the wall to come down in Israel and for countless other injustices to cease around the world, says Sande Ramage, the Waihopai 3 in Aotearioa/ New Zealand challenge us about just how radical our Christianity needs to be.
Doug Hynd's weblog 'Subversive Voices' ("Reflections on politics, public policy, theology and culture, informed by the radical tradition of Christian witness") has been added to our roll (see right hand column, toward the foot of the page).
Following the creation of a controversial naked statue of a chocolate Jesus by an artist in New York, Christians in New Zealand have hung a picture of a chocolate Jesus on the country's busiest street.