What's it like to turn from the crusader spirit of the just-war theory to the spirit of Christian peacemaking? In this post I share my own journey to becoming a Christian peacemaker to encourage those who are making the same journey.
Towards A Gospel-Means of Resisting Evil
As much as Jesus demonstrates in his life that it is true that "evil triumphs when good people do nothing", his life also clearly demonstrates the lesson that it is also true that evil triumphs when good people do evil. So how should Christians overcome evil?
The Inverted Sword
Christians are not called to be agents of wrath, seeking to execute vengeance upon the wicked, but to be agents of peace, seeking rather to bring about their redemption! We don't use force to crush our enemies, we depend upon the grace of God to transform them through the cross of Christ which we carry into this world.
The Doctrine of Peace: What’s At Stake?
I wrote this post as the first post in a series that will present what has been the consistent burden on my soul for the last four years. I am setting out to offer what I believe is the fiery logic of the cross that stands in stark contrast to the reasoning of the world. And I believe this is the way to which every Christian is called without exception. We must recover in our generation these doctrines of peace!
Rethinking the “Church / State” Divide
I think we need to challenge the way of thinking that divides life into different spheres and then attempts to assign Jesus' various teachings to their relevant spheres. Jesus is not just Lord over one or two spheres of life, he is Lord over All!
The Gospel of Peace
Christians adopt the same attitude as that of Christ, who did not come with a sword to crush the unjust, but became a man of sorrows to overcome sin's tyranny. This, not by war, but by peace, is how Christians overcome injustice.
On War: Early Christian Opposition
While living abroad in China I began hearing the drum-beat of war. I was there during the Hong Kong crisis and the trade-war. I heard the propaganda of both the CCP and the U.S. And I heard the perspectives of ordinary Chinese people. I listened to proponents of the Just War theory present their case …