Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Peace and War

*One reason that the world finds the New Testament's message of peacemaking and love of enemies incredible is that the church is so massively faithless. On the question of violence, the church is deeply compromised and committed to nationalism, violence, and idolatry. [By comparison, our problems with sexual sin are trivial.] This indictment applies alike to liberation theologies that justify violence against oppressors and to establishment Christianity that continues to play chaplain to the military-industrial complex, citing "just war" theory and advocating the defense of a particular nation as though that were somehow a Christian value.

Only when the church renounces the way of violence will people see what the Gospel means, because then they will see the way of Jesus re-enacted in the church...*

[1] Richard Hays, The Moral Vision of the New Testament.

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