In the past few months, I’ve confessed to some of my friends and family that I am slowly embracing pacifism as a way of life. I do not understand why this should be so shocking to my brothers and sisters in Christ. After all, I’ve come to this pacifism through the study of Christ’s actions when faced with violence and His teachings about peacemakers and loving one’s enemies.
But, if God had made provisions in the Old Testament law for man’s weakness, how could He possibly expect us to abide by the new, more-like-God-and-less-like-us version? I wish I had time to address that in more detail now, but I have a paper due tomorrow, and this post is really an exercise in procrastination. For lack of time, let me quote a passage from the Old Testament which can now be fulfilled in all of our lives as believers since Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit- “‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord, God of Hosts.” Jesus did not leave us orphans here in the world. No! He sent us the Holy Spirit to counsel, comfort, and guide us into all truth! What a blessing to have what was unprecedented before Jesus – an intimate connection to the Father and the Son through the Holy Spirit who is present among us! We are not called to achieve this “perfection” of verse 48 on our own. If that were the case, then yes, it would be impossible, but “with God, all things are possible.”
Well. At least I’ve broached this topic on my blog now. My family thinks I’m crazy in this regard. I understand that the ethic of pacifism is radically counter-cultural in our world of glorified violence. Maybe this is all part of being “in the world, but not of the world.” I believe the truths of Jesus are counter-cultural, and yet, His Kingdom is built on what appear to be upside-down truths.
Holy Spirit, continue to reveal Your truth to me. Correct me where I stray, and counsel me in Your ways. May I see Your Kingdom come!