Question: Surrender?

Question: does following Jesus mean surrendering not only to Jesus, but surrendering to our enemies? Is that the surrendered life? Does loving our enemies mean surrendering to them? Does that surrender mean we allow them to be victorious? Does dying to ourselves mean laying down and dying? Do we stop trying to win?

I think maybe it means all those things, but I'm curious if it sounds like heresy. Or evangelistic laziness. Or suicide...

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If Jesus was an advocate of absolute non-violence, then the following passage doesn't make much sense:

"So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables."

If the temple is symbolic, it doesn't get any easier. I've heard the argument that this is meant to read that we are to drive sin out of ourselves (I think this is a rather weak argument)- then it seems that it would still be correct to defend oneself to protect the temple in situations where those who attack are truly offensive to God.

It seems hard for me to believe that God would be pleased by Christians who had the opportunity to stand between innocents and aggressors and act more protectively than a human sacrifice. Martyrdom has it's place, but we shouldn't we do more to protect unwilling martyrs?

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