The purpose of this blog is to provide a place where Christians can come together to discuss issues relating to the commandment given by Jesus: “Love Your Enemies.” For many of us, the notion of pacifism first sounded bizarre, but as time has progressed we have been impressed by the clear testimony of Scripture and history. Jesus of Nazareth did teach a radical form of trust in God that today is termed “pacifism.” Just to clarify, there is no connection between “pacifism” and “passiveness,” they just sound alike. Rather than passiveness, Jesus calls us into the front lines of compassion by instructing us in the affirmative to love our enemies. Though, this is one of the most ignored and exegetically avoided doctrines of modern Christendom, we see a clear and repeated impetus in Scripture to go against culture, national ties, the advice of the NRA, and launch ourselves fully and irrevocably into the protective hands of God Almighty, our Rock and High Tower. May he have mercy on us as we beat our swords into plowshares while yet living in a world addicted to the narcotic of violence.
So far, we have found quite a few Scriptures that bear on this subject, and impressive amount of historical data from the early pre-Nicene Christian writers. Furthermore, we have attempted to answer the really tough questions that most pacifists would rather not think about. If you are in disagreement with pacifism, subscribe to the “Just War Theory,” or some other system of thought, we especially invite you to participate by challenging us with your best arguments against pacifism. Now let us turn to the words of Jesus himself.
Matthew 5:43-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 “For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 “If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Luke 6:27-36 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 “Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either. 30 “Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. 31 “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. 32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 “If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 “If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. 35 “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. 36 “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
It is our contention that these sections (along with many others) have for some reason not been taken seriously in the majority of Christendom. In fact, many theories and arguments have surfaced as an effort to marginalize these immortal words of our Lord. We believe that this subject needs to be discussed in a cogent, rational manner. In addition to discussing the actual biblical data, we will present the practice of the 2nd century Christians as well as look into the rich history of the radical reformation (the Anabaptist movement of the 16th and 17th centuries).
This is an open forum, allegiance to a particular ideology neither qualifies nor disqualifies anyone from participation. We believe that through honest investigation of the Scripture along with reasoned discussion we will be able to come to the truth on this matter. We prefer that all arguments are approached from a logical standpoint with minimal appeals to emotional language for the sake of emphasis.
Questions that need answers include:
- Should Christians serve in the military?
- How should Christians pray for those in the millitary?
- Should Christians use violence to defend their families?
- Do Christians have the right to self defend?
- What is the Christian’s position toward government?
- Should Christians support the death penalty?