Sunday, April 16, 2006

Christianity and Pacifism

I watched Man on Fire last night and was reminded that Christianity, according to the Bible, does not jibe with pacifism. Consider Romans 12:17-19:
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the lord.
If it is possible, it says. If the Germans are gassing Jews, then it is not possible. But when it is finished, do not take revenge. It's pretty simple. And don't forget every gun-loving Christian's favorite passage, Luke 22:36-38:
He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. It is written: 'And he was numbered with the transgressors'; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment."
The disciples said, "See, Lord, here are two swords."
"That is enough," he replied.
Now if only Islam preached loving your enemy, instead of chopping his head off. Us Jesus-loving folks like our guns (some of us) and we love our enemies too. That doesn't mean we won't defend ourselves when attacked, but we won't go chopping off the heads of infidels simply because they don't jibe with our beef. That's my beef.


Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

You're right. We don't chop heads off, we blow them to smithereens.

4/20/2006 4:59 AM  
Blogger carnaby said...

Yes, but that's not because they are muslim. It's because they not only want to chop our heads off, but that they keep trying too.

4/20/2006 9:52 AM  
Anonymous triticale said...

I once encountered in a gun-rights discussion back in my Usenet days a fluffy bunny who thought asking what gun Jesus would recommend would end the debate and we could all get along. My answer was that he would recommend a .22 - a Luke .22.

4/22/2006 8:18 PM  

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