This is the second in a series of profiles of ordinary people who are living quiet lives as model Christians. Arleen Spenceley lives Christianity. She does not “do,” she does not talk down to people or talk at them to change their minds when they think differently. Instead, she lives the life she believes Christ would want her to live and thinks deeply about her struggles and the struggles of others. Then, she writes.
By John Hill
As Christians, we are taught to resist evil, protect the vulnerable, and respect the dignity of every human being. When necessary, this must include restraining those who are a threat to the safety or well-being of others — provided that this restraint still honours their human dignity. Jesus also teaches us to resist the temptation to retaliate, to pray for our enemies, and to overcome evil with good.
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Most people think of Christianity as a set of doctrines, teachings or principles to be followed. Others still think of Christianity as a business: it has professionals, who get paid, to provide a service to paying church members–something like customers. Some others, perhaps slightly more enlightened, think of it as a set of rituals, metaphors, and myths.