Dave Andrews has lived and worked in intentional communities with marginalised groups of people in Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal. Through these experiences he developed a passion for seeing Christians and Muslims learning together what it means to follow Jesus. To this end, he proposes that we all observe the Jihad of Jesus. We caught up with Dave at the Greenbelt Festival to uncover what exactly this means!
Image provided by Dave Andrews. Used with permission.
“Once we understand that the heart of ‘jihad’ is a non-violent struggle for justice, then of course Jesus becomes the ultimate role model of a sacrificial, compassionate, subversive but non-violent agent of change.”
“I believe if we follow the example of Jesus, we won’t play these religious competition games at all. It’s not about Christianity versus Islam. It’s not about Christians versus Muslims. It’s about us following Jesus and seeking to follow the way of Jesus that seeks to bring life in any tradition, culture or religion. So, I believe that Jesus can be incarnated in any tradition, culture or religion, and in that He will confirm all that is life-affirming and confront all that is life-negating.”