August 12, 2003

the ADL issues some informed "Passion" comments...finally

There's a brief report here at - ADL: Gibson film may fuel anti-Semitism - Aug. 12, 2003. Visit the Anti-Defamation League's website for the complete press release. Here's a quote for you:

"The film unambiguously portrays Jewish authorities and the Jewish mob as the ones responsible for the decision to crucify Jesus," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.  "We are deeply concerned that the film, if released in its present form, will fuel the hatred, bigotry and anti-Semitism that many responsible churches have worked hard to repudiate."

Hmm...color me literalist, but I thought that the Gospels also portrayed Jewish authorities and the Jewish mob as the ones responsible for the decision to crucify Jesus, at least in the moment. Of course, we literalists also really believe that

There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.
All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good, not even one.
Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.
The poison of vipers is on their lips.
Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.
Their feet are swift to shead blood;
ruin and misery mark their ways,
and the way of peace they do not know.
There is no fear of God before their eyes.

In other words, we believe that "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." (That's all quoted from the Apostle Paul, incidentally, in Romans 3:10-18, 23 -- most of which was quoted from various Old Testament passages. Certainly no one could label these words as anti-Semitic.)

Implication: when you look watch the mob scene in The Passion, the scene where the bloodthirsty hatemongers are shouting at the top of their lungs, "Crucify him! Let his blood be upon us, and upon our children," look really, really closely. If you look close enough, you'll see your own face there...

Those people are on a dark spiral downward. But if you think that leaves you on the high ground where you can point your finger at others, think again. Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself. It takes one to know one. Romans 2:1, The Message


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