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As Christians we are called to follow the life of Jesus Christ and do as he did In doing so we should give up all luxuries that are not necessary treat our enemies and friends alike and devote our lives to helping those less fortunate than us While many of us may make an attempt to do this rarely if ever do we see someone who did this in the way that Gandhi did The surprising thing about it though is that Gandhi never considered himself a follower of Jesus While he credited Jesus as a contributor to his beliefs and practices he never became a practicing Christian Instead he took the actions that would be considered ideal for a Christian and applied them to his Hindu religion Gandhi lived his life according to how Jesus would have in more devoted way than any Christian has since his time According to the Mahatma Gandhi article there are several examples of how Gandhi did this First of all Gandhi was a strong believer in the idea of showing love for your enemy This love for his enemies was clear when Gandhi would willingly accept beatings from his enemies with clubs He would never retaliate in any way would encourage his fellow Indians to take the same beatings and then encourage them to pray for those who had beaten them Gandhis response to the dropping of the atomic bomb also showed how much he loved his enemies He told Indians that if an atomic bomb were ever dropped on India that they should look up at the bomb without fear and pray for the pilot who had deployed the bomb Gandhis love for his enemies was also seen when he turned the other cheek to the hooligans that had harassed him when he was walking with Charlie Andrews His love towards his enemies is most evident through his practice of non-violent protests When he would fight towards
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