A recent post of mine on whether we should love God or fight for him, got some push back from a friend on my facebook page.
His primary arguments are that:
1) the biblical warfare worldview is basic to all biblical revelation and prescription.
2) I created a false dichotomy between loving God and fighting for Him i.e. surely we can do both.
3) I was "fighting" against the "fighters" as I tried to promote love
Here are a few quick thoughts:
First, the Bible
makes quite clear that we battle not against flesh and blood (Ephesians
6), therefore any biblical battle motif cannot be construed to apply to
This is further seen in Christ's refusal to
fight, his rebuking of Peter when he cut the ear off the Roman soldier
and embodied by the early church who did not fight eye for eye or tooth
for tooth and instead followed Christ's example and command and turned
the other cheek.
Second, agreed that two apparently contradictory
things may not be in contradiction i.e. fighting and loving. For
example, I love my children but I discipline them. However, that is a
"paternalisitc" relationship and it not necessarily appropriate to
extend that to all relationships. However, as a society we still need
judges, courts, etc.. and in church we need boundary enforcers to root
out evil doers (abusers of children, powermongers, gossips, etc..) and protect innocents even though our call
to love the evil doers is not lessened.
that disciplining, boundary enforcement or even fighting is consistent
with love takes a lot of nuancing as they are not clearly always
consistent with love. In fact, I do not think it is too audacion to say that they are rarely consistent with love and are generally consistent with humanity's desire to control one another.