Friday, January 30, 2015

Caesar? Peacemaker?

In Luke’s vision, the practical corollary of the primacy of God in Jesus Christ is, to employ contemporary language, the primacy of peace and service. Where the lordship of the Roman emperor entailed a pax predicated upon pacifying strength and terror, the lordship of Jesus, so Luke believed, produced a revaluation of the world’s sense of pax. If the Caesars could be called “peacemaker,” it was not without the realization that their form of peace was tied to a still deeper possibility of military violence.—World Upside Down, page 113

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Possibility? I would say probability—no strike that—certainty is the right word. And it still is for any country that claims that there is peace through war. I'm looking you/us, America...
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