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“It is a tragedy [I would say it is a horrible tragedy] that the story of Christ’s death has produced anti-Semitism against Jews and crusading violence against Muslims. We Christians are ashamed of many of our ancestors who did not act in the Spirit of Christ. No doubt there are traces of this plague in our own souls. But true Christianity – which is radically different from western culture, and my not be found in many Christian churches – renounces the advance of religion by means of violence. “My Kingdom is not of this world”, Jesus said. “If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would be fighting” (John 18:36) The way of the cross is the way of suffering. Christians are called to die, not kill, in order to show the world how they are loved by Christ.” [I would also add other Scriptures to that principle: Matthew 5:38-48; Matthew 26:52; Ephesians 6:12; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5]
“Today this love humbly and boldly commends Christ, no matter what it costs, to all peoples as the only saving way to God. “Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) But let it be crystal clear: It is not Christian to humiliate or scorn or despise or persecute with prideful putdowns, or programs, or crusades, or concentration camps. These were and are, very simply and horribly, disobedience to Jesus Christ. Unlike many of His followers [in my opinion, they were not true Christians], He prayed from the cross, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die, John Piper, Crossway books, 2006, page 14. (Originally published as, The Passion of Jesus Christ, Crossway, 2004) [ with my comments added in blue]
This is not to say that I am a pacifist or that I don’t believe in the government’s right to use police force or military force to defeat evil. Romans 13 clearly says that government is ordained to use “the sword” to punish evil. The role of the allies in World War 2 was a great force for good against Hitler and the Nazis. But that issue is a different subject from the quote; and a different issue that the spirit of this post.