Monday, February 06, 2006

The Cartoon Wars Continue

As the Muslim outrage continues I was reminded of the events that surrounded the death of Christ as told in the Gospels and how they provided a stark contrast to the current rage of Muslim mobs:

When Jesus was arrested, one of His disciples drew his sword and lopped off the ear of a servant accompanying the arresting party. Jesus healed the servant and offered this rebuke:

"Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?"
Matthew 26:52-54

And when Christ was questioned by Pilate he was asked, point blank, if He was indeed a king:

Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place."
John 18:36

The contrast is stark. Here was Jesus, who amid being taken into custody, refused to take up arms in physical conflict. Much of this has to do with the mission He was to fulfill, which was the sacrifice of His life for the sins of man. However the greater element of this is the soverignty of God and the eternal nature of His kingdom. Christ immediately pointed out that God was in complete control and He did not need any man to defend him because with one word he could bring more than 60,000 angels to His side. Christ also pointed out that if He were an earthly king seeking an earthly kingdom then bloodshed would have been the order of the day. Christ however was taking up a different battle, the battle against sin. And He clung fervently to the will of the Father that when it was all said and done God would prevail and all His enemies would be brought to submission.

These reasons hold true for Christians today because as Paul stated in Ephesians we do not fight physical wars but rather spiritual ones using the word of God and our faith. Christians are not seeking an earthly kingdom, but are sojourners in this world awaiting the kingdom of God, which is to come. When someone offends my faith my reaction is hurt and offense, but never retaliation because it is not a physical war but an spiritual one. In such a war our chief weapon is prayer, our primary hope is that God's salvation would reach the person who attacks us, and our confidence is that no matter what, God is in control and also that God will ultimately judge us all.

Of course this begs the question be asked of those rioting Muslims: Is it an earthly kingdom you are fighting for or an eternal one?

Comments:
Saw your comment my Ace of Spades post. I liked what you wrote very much in this post. Truth man. Truth.

I fear that our Western Liberal mindset coupled with 50 years of multiculturalism crap will be the death of our way of life.

It will be interesting to see which way the Liberal elite go with this. But as my wife always tells me, we just need to pray.
 
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