For those of us Christians who like to come across as so mild and meek, have you ever considered the fact that we pay others to perform our dirty work under the guise of the police or our military?
Sure, for some of us go out of our way to tout non-violent behavior only to relax behind the efforts of others. This is only far too easy to do when we hide behind the ‘flaws’ of surrogates.
Sure we are gentle enough but don’t hesitate a second to call in the Calvary whenever we find ourselves in a physically confrontational predicament. In situations like those, don’t we look indeed so pious and humble? No, we wouldn’t harm a fly.
We witness similar in the area of national defense. On one hand, we advocate whereas we insist it is GOD who controls and who defends us and we avow these ‘truths’ while at the same time hiding behind the shield of nuclear weapons.
So which one is it: which one do we trust for security? Is it God, or is it our weapons and defense systems? The answer is clear enough: we trust God for our defense as long as we pour trillions into our national defense.
Yes, of course we justify all that we do by quoting a tenuous scripture supplied by Paul to rationalize how God has instituted governments, but really we cite this obscure passage to simply justify our position on war and killing.
In short, we don’t trust God to defend us and love the identity as passive subjects as citizens and as loyal Christians.
In trust, more or less we claim our passivity behind and off the backs of others as for the large part, we hide behind them and permit them to do the defending bit for us.
And truthfully, we should declare a spade to be a spade and admit our faults and that we are just as violent and fearful as all others.
In admitting our role in history, we reduce our ego and too, reduce how we wish to be perceived among others. Whereas we love to be admired as harmless to the world, we are actually raging wolves just like the rest of the world.
To that effect we should attest and then truthfully walk among other sinners in our strives to be like Christ. At least then, our walk with the Lord will be an honest one and one also that owes up to an image that is far less than perfect in the image of God and His son, Jesus our Christ.