Geezerbob, thistle, angabern, thechrismyster, mainush, Leopard, Reformed Bob, 1ke, VociMike, JohnPaulTwoToo,
I am deeply aware of the immensely sensitive nature of this thread and was busy addressing your thoughts when the site decided it was time for a huge tea break (shut down for repairs etc.), so I am going to endeavor to deliver again what I originally wrote.
Christ never taught that we should force unbelievers to accept the message of the Gospel.
Christ never taught that we should involve ourselves in overpowering other religions so that the Gospel would be supreme in the earth.
Holy War is not something that a Christian should be part of at all. It is not in the teachings of Christ. Our Battle is a different sort. (we used different weapons to solve conflicts.) < this means I am at war with this planet, but like James it is upon my knees that the task is done.
Actions that bring ‘darkness and the shadow of turning’ do nothing to further the Gospel but only confuse the world about where we stand. We stand in the gap between the aggressors, we cannot choose sides, for we are ambassadors for a Kingdom NOT of this world. Right?
I deeply appreciate the various readings and the video views you have referred me to, and I understand the need to justify actions that the BODY OF CHRIST, should never ever be engaged in, while we are the priests unto our GOD. Our task is to show the world how to behave and to resort to violence in any form is not something we can justify as followers of Christ.
Should we be so engaged, and found that the scales are imbalanced, (personally) ie: we use violence to solve a problem, we are expected to set this matter right. It was never our Lord’s teaching to follow the way of the world in problem solving.
We are commanded to restore heretics, in a spirit of meekness. Paul handed them over to Satan. As far as those who are not in the flock, we are commanded to love them as Christ loved them.(a friend of publicans and sinners). To make legal decisions over life and death is not in the hands of the state, but in the hands of almighty God. (though the world clearly seems to think it’s decisions are made independantly of the mandate and counsel of God.)
The entire system that was applied to surrender heretics or anyone to the flames by the Body which Christ calls his bride is an indication of gross insecurity and hints at delusional thinking on the part of individuals and any committee, counsel or system that deems it necessary to prove its presence upon the earth by either instituting or giving approval to barbarism when it comes to differences of belief. It is just simply not what a disciple of Christ does, who is commanded to love his neighbor, to do good to those who are your enemies. The only coals or torturing devises to be used should be those weapons of might that have been given us in the Spirit, with no displays as obscene as those used by men everyday. We need to repent of such actions and keep ourselves pure for the Bridegroom comes.
I realize my views sit on one side of this equation but I do just want to be clear as to why I am requesting a Monument of Repentance before this world. It is to show this world we are not afraid to repent of what things we have done that hurt the cause of the Prince of Peace, our coming King and deliverer, who has the keys of death and hell.