powerful lessons did Jesus leave us from his experience of the crucifixion?
One very powerful lesson was that right in the middle of the offense
he forgave them. It shows us that peace is the will of
God. It shows us the nature of God and how much he loves us.
leads us to take a closer look at the whole issue of Peace,
Justice, and Nonresistance.
3:14 - Jesus' response to soldiers question "and what
shall we do?"
18:36 - Jesus' kingdom is not of this world that is why his
servants did not fight.
13:4 - Authorities are God's servants. If they do
their job you need not fear.
background to our present day setting:
approximately the first 300 years the early church took a
It was a non-military participation.
313 Emperor Constantine changed things. Because of a
personal experience he decided to legalize Christianity.
This was the beginning of the intersection of church and state.
soon followed and developed over time was a
"Christian" version of the Just War Theory.
we still live in a society where there is a continuing
intersection between church and state and the presence of a Just
to think about: What if Jesus really meant what he said.
Conference Mennonite Churches use the 1995 Mennonite Confession of
Article 22 on Peace, Justice, and Nonresistance