One of the most profound measures of a man is how he treats those whose views or behavior he finds abhorrent.


  1. Alright, the Irish hothead takes a bite:

    Matthew 21:12-17.


  2. Matthew Lickona says

    Right. The ONLY people Jesus got mad at were his fellow religious, who were guilty of hypocrisy and bad faith. Yes?

  3. Self-Loathing Bourg says

    …and waitresses.

  4. Matthew Lickona says

    Oh, yes, waitresses. I married a waitress; I know whereof you speak.

  5. Matthew,

    Interestingly enough, the very next passage shows him getting pretty steamed at that poor little fig tree, as well.

    Being the Original Gardener, He of course knows what he's doing, and needs no affirming in his Green Thumbery from the likes of me, but I bring it up more as an indication that far from being some Stoical Vulcan sort, Christ was a rather passionate [sic] man who's fuse often ran shorter than we sometimes recall from our cloudy-eyed perception of Him.

    At any rate, I like the aphorism, but it's not clear whether it's including or precluding the possiblitiy that while we ought to treat everyone with all the respect and dignity that Charity demands – sometimes that respect needs to and even ought to be found at the end of a cat-o-nine – or in the case of bad fig trees, in a spray canister full of Round Up.


    p.s. And I haven't even brought up what Pope Peter did to the stingy tithers Ananias and Saphhira (Acts 5). Ah, the good ol' days…

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