posted on Mar, 31 2010 @ 08:39 PM
reply to post by Lilitu
Good point. The hippies and their derivitave New Age movements, environmentalists and anti-globalisation theorists have often been criticized for
endless babble, useless violence and passively complaining about the "big corporations" while smoking reefers at music festivals. Those accusations
of being all talk and no effect has been going on since the 1960s.
Of course by resistance I mean passive mass resistance, like the civil rights movement. In fairness, I have seen footage of a campaign by youngsters
to save redwood trees in which they had cuffed themselves into an office and then had mace smeared into their eyes by the cops. That made a powerful
statement for many young people across the globe.
As a more general response to some other posts: did Jesus have a radical social message apart from personal savation? I think so, and that is why
early Christians were persecuted until they were co-opted as a state power by the Romans. Since then some movements support the status quo and a few
have resisted it. In Latin America there was "Liberation theology" amongst some Catholics, and US black theology (like Rev Wright) have spoken out
against US hegemony and CIA based interventions. But these are radical differences in outlooks on what it means to be Christian, that doubtlessly come
from different histories and positions towards power. Passive resistance with Christian overtones can make the oppressor seem fiendishly devilish and
immoral, and could ultimately break their resolve.
The Christian Right are now discussing passive resistance or public disobedience campaigns, although I find it hard to believe. Depending on the
campaign this could also backfire: the Phelps family's constant picketing for homophobic and anti-Semitic (and anti-everyone really) causes have
hardly endeared them to anyone. So what are the causes? Or should it stick to the current issues of abortion, gay rights and pro-Zionism? I mean
that's not really fighting the NWO, the corporations or environmental destruction. Or is Christianity inherently pro-limitless capitalism and
indifferent to the environment?
Did Jesus say give unto Ceasar, and mean always obey Ceasar? Or did he come from a Jewish prophetic tradition that was anti-Empire? Did He not throw
the money-lenders out of the temple, because they were sell-outs to Rome? According to this interpretation he committed a radical act that led to His
very public execution.