JONATHAN JANSEN: How scandalous! Choosing communion over conflagration
The entire scene last Friday night was improbable.
Here the son of evangelical parents, Abraham and Sarah, was addressing a crowded synagogue of Jewish believers from the Wynberg Shul and Muslim believers from the Open Mosque. This was scandalous. In fact my message was simply that.
Grace is always scandalous or in the more expressive Afrikaans version of the word, skandalig. There are few places on the planet where this communion between Christians, Jews and Muslims would happen in such a public and profound way.
The Jews had invited the Muslims to break fast with them in their holy month of Ramadan. They in turn would join their Jewish brothers and sisters in a lively celebration of Shabbat. Between the two ceremonies a Christian was to address them on the subject of grace.