Monday, January 10, 2011 9:42 AM

Crazy Christians

Monday, January 10, 2011 9:42 AM
Monday, January 10, 2011 9:42 AM

Here is an excerpt from an article by Mr. Weinstein with David Brog on his book “In Defense of Faith” in which they discuss the work of Christians in the world of charity overseas.

There is mounting evidence that the people on the front lines of the struggle for human rights today – those working in the most difficult and dangerous places – tend to be devout Christians and serious Jews. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof summed this up well when he wrote that:

In parts of Africa where bandits and warlords shoot or rape anything that moves, you often find that the only groups still operating are Doctors without Borders and religious aid workers: crazy doctors and crazy Christians.

Yet when I began to study Doctors without Borders more closely, I came across a fascinating insight. In his book “Power and the Idealists,” author Paul Berman discusses a 2003 debate featuring Bernard Kouchner, the founder of Doctors without Borders (and currently France’s foreign minister).  During this debate, Kouchner noted that the people serving with him on his medical missions no longer resembled him or his friends back in Paris.  Berman relates that, “Kouchner noticed that most people toiling at his side in one dangerous mission after another over the years came from backgrounds of a rather different sort. And what were these very different backgrounds? They were religious.”

In other words, even Kristof’s “crazy doctors” are often “crazy Christians.”  That’s quite a statement about the source of the love and courage necessary to risk one’s life for one’s fellow man.

 

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