– Mahatma Gandhi
Most non-Christians think that being peaceful is what we’re all about but many Christians don’t see it that way. Being made in the image of God we can be incredibly creative, especially when it comes to finding loopholes that will allow us to feel more comfortable and secure, and we can talk ourselves into almost anything to support our agendas. What’s most remarkable is that peaceful living is a topic that churches often avoid, even though the concepts of enemy love and self-sacrifice are documented on almost every page of the Gospels.
The purpose of The Peaceful Christian is to help us all to better understand the peace teachings of Jesus and then to live differently because of what we’ve learned. Jesus probably put it best in Luke 6: 27-28 when he said:
“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
It should be a no-brainer that “love your enemies” means don’t kill them!
It’s important to note here that we must have the utmost respect for the brave Christian men and women who serve in the military and truly believe that what they’re doing is right in the eyes of God. What needs to be taken issue with is the religious culture that condones putting them in these insane situations, not the individuals themselves. If we can learn anything from the life and teachings of Jesus it’s that it’s ok to die for your faith but never to kill for it.
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