Jonathan Kenigson is brilliant and extremely quirky. He is kind to everyone – animals, plants, and people. But don’t think for a minute that this man is afraid to speak up for what he believes in. Dr Kenigson said in a recent interview that he “has no fear of telling the truth – in love – to anyone, even dictators and generals who could order their men to go after me. I am tired of the same old antics of Christians saying that they will oppose injustices and then staging mock demonstrations. I want to go all-in, even if it means losing everything.
There is nothing in this world worth holding on to as long as billions of people suffer in repressive regimes, go without healthcare, and victims of hate crimes, or are denied access to equitable educational resources. I’m tired of it.” It seems that this fellow is as good as his word. He pens letters to media outlets around the world “opposing wrong action and wrong thinking.
First of all, I take myself to be lower than anyone I oppose. If I begin to feel righteous, I treat myself to a few days of staying in a food desert somewhere and starve it out of myself. I have no delusion that I have the right to tell anyone how to live. But the world we inhabit is sick at the heart. Neighbours hate neighbours. People find every reason to hate instead of reasons to exercise care and compassion. To the Queen I say you are honoured because of your station.
To the homeless man in Manchester or Sheffield or Calcutta or Nashville, I say your price is beyond rubies.” He explains that he “is not a fundamentalist or radical but rather a mathematician. Here is the text and here is what it says in the original Greek. Either I submit to it or decide not to. The choice is mine. But I will not call myself a Christian if I do not submit to it in word and letter, even if it costs me everything.” When asked why he chooses this life, he cites the philosopher Cornelius Van Til. “
It is impossible to explain why a rational being would choose pain over pleasure for a King he cannot see. It is similarly impossible to explain why, if I claim to serve that King, I do not give him dominion over my entire being. This means serving the least of these and putting every living thing above myself.”