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Friday, December 13, 2002


What would Jesus do?
Someone sent me this picture today (which can also be found here) with the label "a moment of pre-war reflection." I recieved it because of some of the essentially pro-war statements I made in my school paper a while ago. I'm assuming the idea is to be ironic, that the Prince of Peace wouldn't nuke anyone, and therefore we should not go to war.
But that's not really what I get out of it. My first response was, "according to Revelation, 'the Kings of the Earth.'" I was then told to round up the kings of the earth, put them on an island and nuke them. But that's just as absurd as trying to change water into wine every time I go to a wedding, so I refrained. (No word yet from Spain on whether Juan Carlos is relieved or not). Now, the problem with the recent liberal interpretation of the "What would Jesus do?" idea is that life is a lot more complex than we'd like it, and we can't say what exactly Jesus himself--in fleshly form as a penniless Jewish itinerant preacher--would do, drive or nuke.
But what really struck me about the picture is its similarity with the image of Christ in Revelation 19:
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. --Revelation 19:11-15, NIV

Now, on the surface the images are quite different. One Jesus is on a horse, the other isn't. One has a sword, the other has a sniper rifle. One's wearing a robe dipped in blood, the other has fatigues. But the similarity is that they are both warriors. Both are images of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, in the trappings of one who kills people. Why is one intended to be ironic when the other is not? It is, if nothing else, something to think about.
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