That was a bumper sticker I saw on the car in front of me. I looked it up online to buy, but realized I would be supporting a site that makes light of abortion by simplifying the issue. Mindless reductionism. But I thought it was interesting. I know people who would rock that sticker because they like to blame war on Christians and it’s kind of a sardonic slap in the face. But there are those of us who know Him, and would take that as an invitation to engage well-meaning conservatives that equate America with Heaven, thus forgetting their true and eternal civil loyalties.
But the older I get, maybe the more I know Him, the more frustrated I get when people talk about war with such polarizing rhetoric. I think it’s just as ignorant to join in a rousing, “Will put a boot in yur ass. It’s the American way…” as it is to dismiss the need for force altogether.
Who would Jesus bomb? If He saw a ruthless dictator slaughtering children by the thousands, how could He just stand by? Are we to be His hands of justice and protection for the weak? I find it interesting that pacifist would probably change their tune if someone they loved was being hurt. Should we respond the same way for our brothers and sisters across the globe?
But for every life we save in His name, we take the life of someone He was crucified mercilessly to deliver. So people say that they are protecting my freedoms. Please don’t put your life in harms way or take another life so I can go to church. Hell, the Church in this country could use a little persecution.
Wherever you land in the spectrum, I hope you actually see it as a spectrum. Both sides should be sober and respectful when considering the complex realities of our world.
Maybe I just need something to distract me from the day I had today.