Daily Archives: November 16, 2015

MYTHBUSTERS: Jesus did not teach pacifism

Jesus did not say we should be doormats for every bully that comes along.

When He said, “Turn the other cheek”, he was using a common rabbinical teaching tool known as ‘hyperbole’ in order to accentuate an important point.  Other examples of hyperbole from the Sermon on the Mount include:

  • “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away” (Matt 5:29).
  • “If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away” (Matt 5:30).

To correctly interpret Jesus’ words, we must consider everything we know about what He said and did. Consider John 18:22-23 for example, where Jesus does not meekly turn the other cheek when someone smacks Him.

One of the temple guards standing there struck Jesus and said, “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong; but if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?”

WWJD turning tables

And far from condemning military service, Jesus praised the faith of the Roman centurion (Matt 8:8ff) and told the apostles to “take up a sword” for self-defense (Luke 22:36-38).

Pope's army false meme

To correctly interpret Jesus’ words, we also need to ensure we have them translated properly.

Thou shalt not kill

Ecclesiastes 3:1,3,7,8 says,“There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build. A time to be silent, and a time to speak. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”

Jesus whipped the money changers, then rebuked Peter for using violence to try and stop His arrest.  He talked back to the temple guard, then quietly submitted to His undeserved torture and death. Given such conflicting examples, the only way we can be sure we are making good choices in our daily lives is to be in constant communication with the One who knows everything.

In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.  Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. – Phil 4:6-7



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Support Professor Carol Swain

The Tolerance Police, who have taken it upon themselves to destroy the peace and prosperity of anyone who doesn’t agree with them on every jot and tittle, have targeted Professor Carol Swain of Vanderbilt University.

You can sign a petition supporting Swain @ http://citizengo.org/en/sy/31026-protect-academic-freedom-professor-carol-swain

2015_11 16 Petition to support Carol Swain

Swain was a school dropout and teenage mother. Today, she is a professor of law and political science at Vanderbilt University and the author of numerous award-winning books. She has even been cited by the Supreme Court.

Swain is a both black and female, which should score her a +2 in the Leftist’s Privileged Classes Lottery. Unfortunately, she is also a politically conservative Christian who makes no secret of her personal beliefs, which earns her a -2,000,000 in the LPC Lottery.

Swain says all but one of the allegations listed against her in the petition are lies. The one that has a smidgen of truth is that she did post part of student’s disrespectful letter to her on her Facebook page and included a link to that student’s public Facebook.

Swain has since deleted that post and says, “Maybe I shouldn’t have done that, but the student contacted me. My point in showing it was to show the level of disrespect and what I have to put up with at Vanderbilt University with this person saying I was a disgrace.”

“It’s something that has changed in the student body, that they think they can control what people do, not just inside the classroom, but outside the classroom,” Swain said.

I see two ironies in this situation.

One, I was graduated way back in 1976 and I endured repeated ridicule of my beliefs by professors, teaching assistants, and classmates. It’s obvious the problem is much, much worse now, but I’m not seeing conservative Christians trying to destroy anyone’s reputation or deprive them of their livelihood the way these Leftist activists are doing. This is not surprising, given that Jesus told His followers to turn the other cheek, while the Left tells its followers to punch back harder and to bring a gun to a knife fight.

Two, Carol Swain is a professor of law and political science. Are her students seriously getting their delicate princess panties in a bunch over someone saying things they don’t agree with? I mean … SERIOUSLY?! Did they miss the part about how our legal and political systems are essentially adversarial?!

I dug into the story and discovered the ringleader of the effort to suspend Professor Swain is an LGBT activist.

What a shock. Not.

Addendum: In researching this, I came across a really good article about why “turn the other cheek” does not mean we Christians are supposed to allow ourselves to be passive doormats for abusive bullies.

“Jesus was using a common rabbinical teaching tool known as ‘hyperbole’ in order to accentuate an important point. He did not intend that line to be taken in a strict, literal, and absolute sense. In fact, Jesus uses hyperbole throughout the Sermon on the Mount. For some reason, the ‘judge not’ and ‘turn the other cheek’ passages get an inordinate amount of air-time.”

He gives other examples, such as “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away. (5:29)”

Read the rest @ http://www.catholic.com/blog/tim-staples/turn-the-other-cheek.


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To Be Called a Veteran

A veteran I know emailed me the link to the article below.  It made me tear up with pride in and love for our veterans, so I just had to share it here in its entirety.  The original source is linked at the bottom.

Soldier with angel shadow

I have a friend named Cal. He is quick to smile, and quite dashing, even at 80. He’s one of those people that even after just one conversation you think, what an amazing person – I am so glad I met him! He just retired from his third career. He loves his God, he loves his wife and he loves his country – and all of this is evident in all that he does.

The funny thing about a lot of older veterans is that despite their fierce pride in the military and the men and women they served with, you might never know they are veterans. A very humble group of people – not quick to toot their own horn.

Cal’s first retirement was from the Army as a Chief Warrant Officer 3, after serving multiple tours in Vietnam.

One night, after eating dinner, my husband and I got to share our own deployment stories with him and his wife. As it turned out, a lot of the things we remembered about our own deployments were pretty much the same, whether fighting in Vietnam or Iraq. Cal’s only response was “Sometimes, it’s good to talk to Army folk.”

And he is right. It is good to talk to Army folk. It’s good to talk to people who have gone through something that no one really gets unless they have done it themselves – it’s what truly makes us brothers and sisters in arms.

My Uncle Terry is also a Vietnam veteran, he was a platoon leader and after only a few months in country, he was shot. Apparently, he almost died leading from the front and protecting his men. The doctors said that there was no logical explanation for him surviving- a real miracle.  The Marines awarded him the Silver Star. But all Uncle Terry ever told me was that being a Platoon Leader was the best job he ever had.

Then there is our friend Jack and his buddy Ed. I ate dinner with Jack and Ed the day Jack’s son, my husband’s best friend, was posthumously presented with the Distinguished Service Cross for tackling a suicide bomber and saving the lives of all of his Soldiers.

I had the greatest time talking to Ed. He kept asking me questions about my time in the Army, and it never occurred to me to ask him much about himself. I found out later, Ed Freeman was a Medal of Honor recipient made famous in the movie “We Were Soldiers.”

Ed and Jack flew together in Vietnam. On the same day that Ed disobeyed a direct order and flew into the battle of Ia Drang Valley, saving the lives of many Soldiers, Jack was on a mission elsewhere in the country.

Not a word about this from either of them – both so humble.

People like Cal, Uncle Terry, Jack and Ed are who I think of when I think of Veterans. These are some of the best men I have ever known. They served their God, their family and their country with love in their hearts and no complaints. And when they think back on their military service – they remember fondly the phenomenal men and women they served alongside.

I’m not sure I will ever deserve to be lumped into the same category as them when my military career winds down, but I hope that our next generation of veterans will be able to look at me and say I lived up to this standard. If they do, then maybe I will have earned the title veteran.


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