Saturday, March 22, 2008
Was Christ A Pacifist?
Maybe not completely. I saw a bumper sticker on a car the other day saying, "Who Would Jesus Bomb?" Actually, that's not such a smart sentiment. Jesus wouldn't need to "bomb" anything. He could destroy it with a look, or a thought. But no matter how Christians read pacifism into his way, from his own words and actions, he was not a complete pacifist. "At the last supper, Luke 22: 36-38 --Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take [it], and likewise [his] scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." When Peter cut off the ear of a Roman who would arrest him, he did not chastise him, although he did "heal" the ear. When he saw the "money-changers" in the Temple, what did he do? He "cleaned them out," using a whip." This is not to denigrate Jesus, only to bring out that there WERE times when He was not completely pacifist. And if you are a Christian, you don't need to be completely pacifist and be "easy prey" for criminals in order to be a "good Christian." The quote above shows that Jesus was fully cognizant of the need for self defense and condoned the use of weapons to do it. I have heard from Christians who feel otherwise, but a perusal of the scriptures shows Jesus would agree that we SHOULD be willing to use what is necessary for self defense, especially including disguised stun guns and pepper sprays, had they been in existence in His time. If this item "offends" some Christians, I'm sorry. If quoting scripture "offends" some Christians (or others), I'm sorry, too. But this is the "way it is." (Just common sense)