Kendra and I were recently on our Sunday evening committee and in charge of planning the Sunday evening schedule for the past six months. Towards the end of our term, we came across this debate. It had been shared with us by my mother, “Grandma Laura”, about six months ago and we never got to sit down and watch it.
However, when we came across it the second time, it piqued our interest enough that we decided to see what it was about.
We both felt it was done in an excellent manner, should Christians take Jesus’ teaching to “love our enemies” literally? We also began to feel that it would be a really good thing to share with our church. Passing it past our ministry team, we were given the go-ahead to share it with the entire church.
The fruit we saw from this debate put an excitement in our hearts! We saw much fervent discussion regarding nonresistance, our response to critics, Jesus word’s on the subject, and whether He meant every word He said.
I would like to interject here that even as non-resistant, anabaptist (not pacificst) Christians we acknowledge the tremendous sacrifice that military service can be………..for individuals, mothers, fathers and families everywhere. We also realize that these sacrifices make it possible to live in a land with many freedoms that are often taken for granted. We do not believe in downplaying or belittling these tremendous earthly sacrifices! However when faced with the choice to serve an earthly kingdom or God’s heavenly kingdom, we have a clear precedent set by the disciples and Jesus himself in multiple New Testament examples.
“Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29 KJV
Now you will have to forgive me if we have already shared this on here, but I can’t remember having done so.
It was put on by Followers of the Way. This is their description of the video on Youtube:
On March 28, 2014, Anchor-Cross Publishing and Followers of the Way sponsored a debate on the subject of just war. We sought to bring leading thinkers together to discuss the issue in historic Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston. Speaking of behalf of just war were Dr. Peter Kreeft (professor of philosophy at Boston College) and Dr. J. Daryl Charles (Berry College). Speaking against just war and for biblical nonresistance were David Bercot and Dean Taylor.
If you have never heard the Biblical non-resistance stance laid out in an accurate, concise manner or if you or anyone you know professes non-resistance but cannot articulate it and why you or they profess it, watching this debate in its entirety will be more than worth your time!
Praying God sends His Spirit to homes everywhere
that take up the cross and follow Him!