What would it look like for us to provide a Christ-like response to the TSA controversy?
As students travel over Thanksgiving break, I've been thinking a lot about this. I don't want students groped, but I also don't want them blown up.
Most responses I've seen from Christians have been extremely disappointing.
Today marked "Opt-Out Day," as heralded by Christian bloggers and tweeters across the nation. The vision of "Opt-Out Day" involved thousands of people refusing to submit to the body scan, demanding pat downs and gridlocking the TSA systems.
The protest fizzled, as you can imagine. We Americans flinch from self-sacrifice and, while a lot of people thought it was a great idea, most of us are always running late enough that we just couldn't participate.
In some ways, "Opt-Out Day" resembles a child launching himself to the ground, kicking and screaming, demanding candy or toys when their poor parent just can't afford it. There's a fine line between tantrum and protest.
And this is where we angle in toward the question of Christ-likeness.
Do you think it's Christ-like to make the job of the TSA employees even more miserable? Sure, you can hate Washington and the policies they produce. It's one thing to hate your enemies, it's another thing to hate on the dude who works for your enemy because they need to put food on the table...yeah, the dude who didn't make the new rule, can't change it, and probably doesn't want to do it either. You know, opt-outies, your enemy.
And didn't Christ call on us to love our enemies?
Christians should offer empathy and sympathy to TSA employees. We should pray for them. We should be kind to them. We should treat them with dignity, even when their patting us down.
I mean, how often do we really get the chance to turn the other cheek?