Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Of Christmas and Peace

The name of Christ will remain in the public square as long as it is profitable. My children are in the next room watching the Charlie Brown Christmas special. Why is there a Charlie Brown Christmas Special? Because it sells. If we were to be honest, we would make overt efforts to prevent the commercialization of His name. Instead we slap it on T-shirts, wristbands, bumper stickers, and ipods dowloaded with Brittany Spears and Justin Timberlake. What is vanity?
Jesus was and is the Prince of Peace. He brought peace between God and man. He never implied that he would bring peace between nations. He did nothing to prevent war between Jews and Romans. He could have pulled the ultimate Jimmy Carter then and there, but He didn't. He came to free us from allegiance to all other entites but Himself. Servitude to a central government is pagan worship. Practicing the methodologies of political mechanism is witchcraft. We are free from these to imitate Christ instead, and in so doing to fulfill the greatest commandments: Love God and love our neighbor. We can work to prevent war, that is a noble pursuit. But let us be wholly consistent in our reasoning. If we believe the war in Iraq is unjustified, is it for political reasons, or religious ones? If political, then our reasoning is arbitrary and practices favoritism. If religious, then we have to confess that involvement in WWII and WWI, to say nothing of the Spanish American War and the other 150+ military actions the Government of the United States has imposed on its citizens were also unjustified.

One last question: Was Christ's birth all that low? Were Mary and Joseph poor? They could afford a trip to Bethlehem. They had enough money to have to pay taxes. They attempted to get a room at the inn, implying they could also pay for it. They later received valuable gifts from the magi, including gold. They then took a two-year trip to Egypt. They had children other than Jesus, none of whom starved to death. Why is it important to our doctrine to insist that Jesus was poor?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What! :) ? You crack me up but in such a deep way! I will read again later with a true opinion-Snatie