Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Who WOULD Jesus Bomb?

Have you seen this bumper sticker that's recently become popular:
Who Would Jesus Bomb?
To answer the question, it would be helpful to know more about what is "the Christian thing to do" than just popular mythology. I suggest going to the source. In fact, I think one could make a case that to be a fully-educated American, one should have read the entire Bible.

Here's a hint: the answer to the question, "What would Jesus do?"

Leave an answer if you dare!


Anonymous DaveS+10 said...

Rom 13:1 Let every soul be subject to the higher authorities. For there is no authority but of God; the authorities that exist are ordained by God.
Rom 13:2 So that the one resisting the authority resists the ordinance of God; and the ones who resist will receive judgment to themselves.
Rom 13:3 For the rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the bad. And do you desire to be not afraid of the authority? Do the good, and you shall have praise from it.
Rom 13:4 For it is a servant of God to you for good. For if you practice evil, be afraid, for it does not bear the sword in vain; for it is a servant of God, a revenger for wrath on him who does evil.
Rom 13:5 Therefore you must be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience' sake.
Rom 13:6 For because of this you also pay taxes. For they are God's servants, always giving attention to this very thing.

So, according to this passage of scripture, it is not a matter of "Who would Jesus bomb?", rather that God has given authority to governments to punish evil. If you notice, throughout history, those that misused their God-given authority to tyrannize their subjects soon lost that authority.

That authority, according to the Bible, protects the church. As long as Christians are operating within that authority, there is not a problem. One could well ask, "Who would Jesus shoot?". Would He shoot a criminal in the act of murder? Or do the police and courts have the authority given by God to punish the evil?

It is not Jesus' job to drop bombs or shoot guns. He is in the business of giving life and taking away the sin of the world.

It is the job of governments to punish evil. It is their duty to do so.

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has always been my understanding that we, as Christians, are to emulate Christ; Our behavior is to be as "Christ-like" as possible (understanding that we are mere humans)and that this would indeed include our leaders. The posed question is something that, in order to align their actions with those of Christ,our leaders SHOULD be asking themselves. And the answer, obviously, is no one.

On a separate note, constitutionally, America is not supposed to be going to war without Congress sending it. George Bush obviously violated this policy (or slipped through a loop-hole, however you choose to see it)by declaring an ambiguous "war on terror", and that over stepping of his Constitutional bounds is a violation of his contract with the American people (The Constitution) which should hardly be ignored.

8:43 PM  
Blogger MegLogan said...

Too hot for me to touch!

Mrs. Meg Logan

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What would Jesus do? I believe a better question is: What would WE do if Jesus were standing right behind us? It's easy to speculate and pontificate as to what He would do. The supposition being, that we should do the same. (and correctly so) But might we act entirely differently and more closely follow, if He were right there with us?

1:06 AM  

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