Thursday, November 06, 2014

Freedom is just another word for...

The truth that Jesus was trying to show the nationalistic crowd of Judean disciples is that freedom attained and maintained by killing is another name for slavery! Let that sink in. What they think makes them free actually enslaves them. They are slaves to their practice of collective killing for the sake of power and they self-deceptively call it freedom. For the crowd, freedom was just another word for killing. For Jesus, freedom was another word for love. Obviously they were going to be at odds. Here is the question: Is freedom just another word for the power to kill, or is freedom just another word for the choice to love?— A Farewell to Mars: An Evangelical Pastor's Journey Toward the Biblical Gospel of Peace

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Think about that for a minute. Where do you see the word "Freedom" emblazoned the most? Yep! On those military enlistment posters. On those bumper stickers with weapons. On all manner of militaristic or violence-endorsing posts on the web/social media...says something, doesn't it?
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