Monday, November 15, 2004

NOT JUST ANTI-WAR...PACIFIST. If you read much of this blog you will observe that I am anti-war (I spoke publicly on Indianapolis' Monument Circle in protest of the impending war with Iraq and published my speech online). But I'm not just anti-war, I am a pacifist (gotta problem with that!?! Ha!). I am pacifist because I take the Bible quite seriously, particularly regarding the words of Jesus, the pattern of living Jesus demonstrated, and the ethic Jesus guided his earliest followers to observe. As a Christian I am called to square my life with the Kingdom of God, not with the kingdoms of men and mammon.

CAN'T SERVE TWO KINGDOMS. Most Christians I know live as if the two kingdoms are compatible or at least non-conflicting most of the time. I disagree. Jesus was clear: "You cannot serve God and mammon." And while I "give to Caesar what is Caesar's" in terms of due taxes and routine citizen responsibilities, I will, for conscience' and Kingdom's sake, not do violence. Think about it: What will you--for the sake of Jesus and the Kingdom--NOT approve of or do?

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