Category: social action
When we speak of Jesus being our king, we are speaking of a king who stands against spiritual darkness in high places. In our world today, one manifestation of that spiritual darkness is ‘white supremacy.’ It tells lies about my black brother and sisters, and about myself; it lies about the worth of different races […]
The insinuation of many evangelicals is that the martyr has no place in the 21st-century church; that the martyr is simply a fool without a gun whose life has been cut short for lack of firearms training. There seems to be no place in the modern church for the one who utterly refuses to kill, the one who believes that there are things far worse than death…
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The word pacifism is often confused with the idea of pacifying or letting the enemy have what they want. However, the actual meaning is found in the root Latin word pax (peace), and it means peace-making. According to Commodianus (250), the call of the Christian is to “make thyself a peace-maker to all men.”
I have heard this passage become a method of revenge instead of a path towards reconciliation. But deep inside we know that this can’t be Christlike. So where do we begin to interpret this passage?