Pacifist Christians

Some believe that Christians should be pacifists in all manners. They suggest that Christians should allow themselves to be pushed about by legalistic Atheists, fence-sitting Agnostics, sociopathic religious or political zealots, and others with personal and political values and agendas that are contrary to decency, much less to those of most Christians. Jesus was not the nicknamed the “wandering lamb”. Rather, he is known as the “Lion of Judah” (Hosea 5:14, Revelation 5:5), and He was preceded by Michael and his cohort of angels defeating satan’s rebels, and many prior, overwhelmingly victorious, Jewish armies. Matthew 24:6-8 states that until the end of the world there will always be wars and rumors of wars, and it did not suggest that Believers duck and hide in fear. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Jesus Himself was not a weakling pacifist. In Matthew 26, it is recorded in verses 51-54 that as the combined military/religious mob came to arrest Him at Gethsemane, one at the garden with Jesus pulled a sword to defend Him. Jesus, in turn, responded “Put your sword away … do you [not know] that I [could] now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?” A legion of Roman soldiers was 4,000 to 6,000 men. Jesus was stating that He could briskly call down some 72,000 angels, each capable of handling more than a legion of human soldiers on his own if Jesus wished. Jesus surrendered voluntarily because crucifixion and resurrection were His destiny.

Although Christian doctrine is generally peaceful, there is no suggestion in scripture that Christians should be the world’s whipping posts, in international conflicts or in normal societal order. As a Christian, you are not a member of the world’s doormats upon which others are to clean their shoes and tread. Christians, Jesus was no pacifist, fight for your rights. Live long and prosper.