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June 6, 2007 / beidson

What Would Jesus Bomb?

I read a bumper sticker on the back of a very decorated vehicle this morning that read “What Would Jesus Bomb?” Well, I get the point: nothing. Or at least the driver thinks that Jesus would never bomb anything, or anyone for that matter. While that may be true to an extent, the main point is not true: Jesus is not a passivist, nor is he completely opposed to violence.

In fact, Scripture tells us that “God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you (the Thessalonian church), and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and the glory of his might, when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed . . .” (2 Thess. 1:6-10). Maybe there’s no bomb in this passage, but you can’t avoid the obvious reference to punishment and eternal destruction. Bombs or no bombs, Jesus will be declaring war.

But you need not fear if you love the Man of War, because this passage clearly states that he will not destroy those who have believed in him and who marvel at his presence. In fact, Jesus Christ, the Divine Warrior will be fighting for the very purpose of destroying those who are enemies of his and his lovers.

Another bumper sticker on the same car read “War kills. Love heals.” In light of the above passage, I’d have to agree. War does kill, and love does heal. Thank God that through the love of Christ and his resurrection from the dead, we are healed, and need not fear when he comes to make war and kill.

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