Enough Christian Warrior Porn: It’s Time To Take The Lamb Back!… Part 2

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Bible Readings for Tuesday July 26th, 2011
– The Week of The 6th Sunday After Pentecost

*Click on each bible passage to expand the text.

Psalm 119:121-128

1 Kings 4:29-34

Ephesians 6:10-18

  • Truly I direct my steps by all your precepts; I hate every false way. – Psalm 119:128
  • People came from all the nations to hear the wisdom of Solomon; they came from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom. – 1 Kings 4:34
  • Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. – Ephesians 6:11

Take Up the Armor of God?

People are freaking idiots.

I can’t help but think when I read passages like Ephesians 6:10-18 (click the link above), that beautiful poetic passages like this are probably the ones that are misinterpreted and perverted to inspire mal-adjusted psychotics like the Norwegian mass-murderer, Anders Breivik.

Some say he couldn’t have been “Christian” because “Christians don’t believe these things”. Legalistically, I would agree with that statement, but it would be ignoring the fact that there are plenty of so-called “Christians” preaching a clear message of violence, using violent rhetoric and imagery, and many do truly want to see violence committed against evil in the name of the Lord. To ignore this fact is both foolish and dangerous.

I cannot remotely grasp the concept of how anyone can read the bible (actually read it, the whole thing) and come away convinced that violence and bloodshed are somehow the “way of righteousness”. Because, as a whole, in view of the entire scope of it, the bible is a book of peace, hope, and mercy. The only thing I can come up with, is the violent extremists of Christianity must read the bible like this:

Ephesians 6 (The violent extremist reading)

10. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.
11. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12. For our struggle is … against enemies of blood and flesh, … against the rulers, against the authorities, against the … powers of this present darkness, against the … forces of evil in … places.
13. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
14. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness.
15. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready …
16. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17. Take the helmet …, and the sword …
18. Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.

Yeah! That get’s me HOT! I want to go bash some heads! Whooo!:

Do you know what this is? Christian Warrior Porn. And I’m sick of it.

In fact, I’ve been sick of it for a while: ENOUGH Christian Warrior Porn: It’s Time to Take the Lamb Back (Part 1).

Let me try and make my stand perfectly clear: if you want to hurt anyone, through inflicting physical, emotional, or spiritual injury upon anyone… you are not a follower of Yeshua. You are not Christian… at all.

NOT a Warrior of God

This IS a Warrior of God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And for anyone who still gets a little bit of a rage-filled hard-on from watching the video above, let me try and help you see past the “warrior porn” to the poetic beauty of Ephesians 6:10-18:

  • The Whole Armor of God = Protection against doubt, anger, fear, lust, jealousy.
  • For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh = Don’t cause violence against your fellow Children of God.
  • The Belt of Truth = The ability to discern between God’s message of compassion, mercy and love, and the violent rhetoric of false prophets.
  • The Breastplate of Righteousness = Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
  • Shoes if the the Gospel of Peace = Ummmm… do I really need to explain this one? Causing violence against anyone is not peace.
  • The Shield of Faith = Trust in God destroys the power of fear in your life.
  • The Helmet of Salvation = Again, confidence in your own salvation by Grace, through the love of God, protects you from all fear, the root of all evil and selfish acts.
  • The Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God = The teachings of Yeshua are not pleasant, especially to the violent, fearful and selfish among us: the doctrine of nonviolence, the pursuit of self-sacrifice, the command to abandon greed, the forgiveness of sins… these teachings divide people like a sword.

I do not blame all Fundamentalist Right-Wing Christians for their violent rhetoric that clearly played a part in last weekend’s massacre in Norway. But I do blame some, and I want them to be made to recognize their responsibility in this. I want people who pray for violence against others to know that God wants nothing to do with your violence.

And then I want to forgive them.

And then I want them to know I love them.

Like a real Christian warrior should.

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Romans 5
"18. Therefore just as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man's act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all.
19. For just as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous."

Comments

  1. kimberly says:

    trig, i just want to tell you how much good sense and sound theology your words above scream! there are so many misuses, misconceptions, abuses and absolute false teachings of the very words of the bible that too many people have turned from christianity altogether. i am fortunate to have found a truer way to walk the gospel through several pastors, my own relationship with Christ, and fb of all things. even so, when i am subjected to the hate, and fear and lies through all forms of media that so saturates this world now, i often think to put my bible down, walk alone and never speak of faith to another soul, turn from any conversation, any confrontation, any mention of it. i often envy the desert fathers. i often envy the monks, those who live in monastic communities, for i feel they must be isolated and protected from all of it. perhaps i am mistaken. but i long for what i have perceived to be the simplicity of the early church. i realize this is fear and despondency, and i know i must dig deeper and cling tighter to my faith and my Christ to endure it. i don’t fear for my afterlife in any way. but i greatly fear for my loved ones in this one. and i am greatly saddened by the suffering of so many in this one. and, though i know my anger is not quite right, i am deeply and violently angry at those who cause and profit from the suffering of others. and with those who turn a blind eye to it for the little they might gain from it as well. i do not hate those of different faiths, i see them as brothers and sisters. i do not hate those who claim no faith at all. they, too, are my brothers and sisters. and though i do not like them in all honesty, i do not hate those who see any who are ‘other’ to them as evil, less, and deserving of punishment and shunning, or in some cases even death. i am going to share your words and hope that they have an impact on someone. please know i appreciate them.

    • And know I appreciate yours, Kimberly. And just know, that you are not alone in longing for “the simplicity of the early church”. I long for it, too, and I’m working on something big. Stay tuned.

  2. Thought provoking!

    Last time I travelled to Palestine-Israel upon my USA return I watched the film Passion of the Christ – I had never seen the film I and wanted to see it then. When I watched the film I cried not only at the usual points, I cried at the Roman occupation it reminded me so much of the Israeli military occupation of today. You see I was painfully humiliated repeatedly interrogated, strip searched, treated like filth by Israeli customs and military.

    So now I read and watched your video, the words of the bible, the Roman occupier’s armor I saw those as 2 CONTRASTING strengths. The Armor of the Roman Occupier was a strength of this world that money and power buys, in contrast the Christian’s armor would seem foolish to those who do not believe, but the Christian’s protection, strength, safety is in faith in Jesus Christ and our unity and our identity in Christ.

    Sadly though too many “Christians” put on the armor of the Roman Occupier rather than identify with the person and work of Jesus, too many would rather identify with military powers than loving our neighbors, being peacemakers, reconciling this world.

    Grace and Peace to you!

  3. Praisehizname says:

    Trig,

    This may be news to you, but the Norwegian attacker, was not a devout follower of Christ and did not cite a religious context to his attacks. From his manifesto:

    A majority of so called agnostics and atheists in Europe are cultural conservative Christians without even knowing it. So what is the difference between cultural Christians and religious Christians?

    If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God then you are a religious Christian. Myself and many more like me do not necessarily have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God. We do however believe in Christianity as a cultural, social, identity and moral platform. This makes us Christian (p. 1307).

    http://www.dennyburk.com/anders-behring-breivik-is-not-a-christian-but-we-already-knew-that/

    So, this man was not a so called ” Fundamentalist Right-Wing Christian”…a term that lumps this nut in with decent people who have a different interpretation of God’s word.

    Peace

    • Right, that’s what I said. He’s not a Christian. Nor is anyone else who claims the name of “Christian” that would hurt another with physical, emotional, or spiritual violence.

      • Praisehizname says:

        If he is not Christian…then what does your statement below mean?

        “I do not blame all Fundamentalist Right-Wing Christians for their violent rhetoric that clearly played a part in last weekend’s massacre in Norway. But I do blame some, and I want them to be made to recognize their responsibility in this.”

        If the man did not claim to be a devout follower of Christ, and did not cite his attack as some kind of “holy” war in the name of Christ/God, did not cite the writings or speech of some so called “right-wing fundamentalist” pastor…

        Why would you blame fellow Chrisitians (of whatever stripe) for his lunacy? Why do they bear responsibility?

  4. Christian Warrior Porn—I’ve never heard it put this way, but it is one of the best ways to describe this ‘warrior’ type of mentality in the minds of certain Christians–and Christian sects..This ‘us’ against ‘them’ war mentality is truly disgusting.

    Another good one Trig!

    GBU!

  5. So, um, Trig – does this mean that my fiance, a US Army veteran, was right to say that Christians have no business enlisting in the military?

    This is why he left the Catholic faith he grew up in, and is no form of Christian at all, and likely never ever will be again this side of the grave. He feels that he is still bound by the oath he swore when he enlisted in the Army – to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Even though he’s been out since the 1980s, if for some bizarre reason he was called to active duty again (not likely, admittedly) he would go. And not ask a single question.

    And he does not feel it is his job to “die gloriously for his country.” He agrees with General George S. Patton who said that dead soldiers are useless soldiers, and that a soldier’s job is to make sure the other guy dies for HIS country.

    How would you respond to this, Trig? Is Joseph (my fiance) right to stay away from being a Christian/follower of Yeshua if he is willing to commit lethal acts if his country calls upon him to do so?

    • No, I would not agree that one must choose pacifism to be Christian. While the ideal is Yeshua’s non-violent resistance, (which I try to emulate and fail miserably to do so), and yet countless Christians throughout history have succumbed to more violent means of persuasion. They are not “un-Christian”.

      As long as one doesn’t give up the ideal, the striving for a peaceful solution first and always, then one can be a warrior and Christian. But to relish killing, to endanger innocent lives, to devalue human life… these are the hallmarks of evil.

      The US Military needs good Christian men to be leaders, to hold fear at bay, to breed hope, and to keep love and compassion alive at the frontlines of war. And when blood is spilled as a means of last resort, prayers of repentance must always accompany it, else there is a danger that one will fall victim to their own blood-lust.

      I will never condemn men and women who are much braver and courageous than I will ever be for actions taken in the dark heart of war. But I will condemn their hearts if there is glibness after the killing has stopped, and if violence is glorified, then God and Yeshua have been demeaned.

      What a wonderful question, TLH.

      • TY Trig, for that very nice response. That was very helpful.

        At times, I think Joseph just needs to know that even as a soldier, he is loved – by God and by so many people who are walking with God. He is just truly loved, for all that he is, including his call to be a soldier.

        No, he isn’t gleeful about taking human life. Not at all; he’s aware that doing so is a business so grim it defies description. He did not believe it was appropriate to celebrate the deaths of men like Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden or Muammar Gaddhafi. Had we been born in a different generation, the death of Adolf Hitler would not be a cause to dance and celebrate, not in the least.

        To be relieved that a war has come to an end? Yes.

        To throw a party because one man met a horrifying, undignified, violent death (even if most people would say “he deserved it”)? No, no, no and no.

        Please pray for him, Trig. I desperately want him to know God’s love. I want him to know it in his very bones, better than he knows himself. He should have that peace that passeth all understanding.

        Pax Christi

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