Jesus Commands us to Put Down Our Weapons and Idolatry of Violence

“Jesus said to Judas, ‘Friend, do what you are here to do.’ Then the crowd with swords and clubs came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him. Suddenly, one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it, and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword’” (Matthew 26:50-52).

Jesus never condoned physical harm, violent retribution, or revenge.

In fact, Jesus was diametrically opposed to violence because it is antithetical to God’s holy nature and design for humanity/creation.

As the Rittenhouse verdict has shown us, once again, we live in a society and Justice-lacking ‘justice’ system that prioritizes power maintenance, white supremacy, and vigilante violence over human life and flourishing.

It is clear that our hope cannot be in the systems and structures of humanity, but in God alone.

Jesus commands us to put down our weapons and idolatry of violence, lest we all perish by that very sword.

Just as Jesus, Christians must stand for human life. For the flourishing of all creation. For God’s kingdom here, on Earth, as it is in Heaven.

Lord, give us courage, hope, and love in the face of great evil and despair. In your mercy and strength, may your will be done through us, Amen.