War

I’m still a follower of Jesus.

I still read my Bible.  For the most part I concentrate on the gospels.  You know….Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  I’ve looked in them recently for any verse in which Jesus advocates war.

There are a lot of verses about swords.  That was the prime weapon of the day and age in which Jesus lived.

In Matthew 26:52 Jesus said to Peter: “Put your sword back in it’s place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword”

Famously, in Matthew 10:34  Jesus said that: “I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”  This certainly sounds ominous when cherry picked, but when read in the context of his exhortation to his disciples in the entire chapter, one can immediately see that Jesus is speaking of himself as a sword which will divide the world into faction of believer-vs- nonbeliever:

35 “For I have come to turn `a man against his father, a daughter
against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law –
36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
37 Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me
is not worthy of me;
anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me
is not worthy of me;
38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me
is not worthy of me.
39 Whoever finds his life will lose it,
and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

Thus not telling people to go to war, but telling them that the war they must fight is internal, a war of acceptance that a person must fight against himself and all others with the love for him winning out against all other loves.

But Jesus never advocated war:

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

So, when I see a pastor from a huge Southern Baptist church in Dallas saying that God has given the president of the United States “authority to take out Kim Jung Un”  I have to wonder where in the Bible he gets his information.  Perhaps God is speaking straight to him.  But, mostly I think he’s incorrect.

I’m not too sure a lot of the things that are being said are Christian in nature or intent.

I’ve come to the point where I have quit calling myself “Christian” and simply say I am a
Jesus follower.

I still believe.  I just believe differently than I have believed in the past.

I believe in love over hate.  I believe in treating other people like I would like to be treated.

I also believe that Christianity has been kidnapped by some people in an effort to either enrich or empower themselves during their human existence here on Earth.

That’s not what it’s all about.