some thoughts on "God’s Warriors" and "Battle Cry"

I did not see the CNN special God’s Warriors and although some people in my church participate in Battle Cry events; I am not very familiar with it. Anyway, I do think the military imagery may not be the best way for Christians to express their faith. There is military imagery in the Bible but there is also plenty talk of peace, love, mercy etc.

Jesus came to us not as military conqueror, but as a helpless baby. He is Lord of Lords but also Prince of Peace. In his earthly ministry he said that the first shall be last and the last shall be first. He said the merciful are blessed and the meek will inherit the earth. He spoke of judgement based on compassion for the poor. He cautioned us that things we hate in others, we better look closely at ourselves because that which we hate in others is also part of our own self.

I won’t say military imagery is never appropriate but I do say that Christians need to be aware of and influenced by the likes of St. Francis, Mother Theresa, and MLK at least as much as they are by Battle Cry.

A final thought, if your religion inspires you to hate others, you have a very serious problem. This applies to any and all religions.

Peace be with you…