Friday, November 09, 2007
In the few days since I was introduced to this print, it is quickly becoming one of my favorites. To get the full story behind the picture, click on it. For the short version, this was used in a promotional campaign in Seattle for seminars on the character of God run by a ministry called Heavenly Sanctuary.
It shows several world leaders with their feet being washed by Christ. The most controversial thing about it is that Osama Bin-Laden is one of those sitting before Christ.
Before you react too harshly and become offended, think it for a bit. We are entering the Christmas season, named after Christ. His message was contrary to the Jewish leaders of his day, promoting love for those around him, rather than hatred. He did not endorse any of the political powers and yet, has influenced the world for 2000 years.
In the "reverse economy" of God, he told us to serve those around us, changing the relationship between ourselves and them from one of equals or, even one of power to one of servitude. This was not only a lecture to his diciples, he deomonstrated it to them (and through scripture, us).
Did Christ die for these people? Yes, each and every one of them. He also died for those they represent or rule. Can the most innocent or the most evil of these people be redeemed? Absolutely! Not through their own doing, however,