Today in Church, Carl presented a brief look at anabaptist theology and for the pacifism stance showed this video (attached below, Facebook users click here) It is a powerful image of how violence seduces and destroys as it dehumanizes people both the abused and the abuser.
It was a good reminder and a challenge as Christian Gospel and thought has claimed from first that in a world in bondage to sin, where violence holds sway over hearts and history, the peace of God made present in Christ is unique; the way, the truth and the life that alone can liberate the world from the tyranny of greed, cruelty, egoism, and aggression is none other than a particular Nazarene rabbi put to death under Pontius Pilate. (David Bentley Hart, The Beauty of the Infinite)
It should also be pointed out as Rise Against is an American band that is publicly making a stand with in its own country, but that is not the point I am touching on here nor was Carl, this is not some slam on USA, the point is about violence, and the uniform and the flag could be replaced with any other nations. Anyways it gave me lots to think about as a person who proclaims the Prince of Peace, and whose citizenship is in heaven and not of earthly kingdoms.