War: A Force That Gives Us Meaning

A new and beautiful perspective on pacifism.

frontal lobotomy

For whatever reason, pacifism is considered by many Christians to mean something other than non-violence. I’m not entirely sure why this is, except that we don’t understand what the word means or implies. So, here’s a definition: 1 : opposition to war or violence as a means of settling disputes ; specifically : refusal to bear arms on moral or religious grounds 2 : an attitude or policy of nonresistance (Merriam-Websters Dictionary).
Keep that in mind.
The Bible is an unfolding story of God bringing his people into new ways of living and understanding. As such, it is also full of history about the way things were, and hints of the way things are supposed to be. There are provisions for war, and even startling verses like this from the “Song of Moses”: “I will make my arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh-with the blood of…

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Jesus and fireworks

This is the guy who prompted me to start writing after countless great and difficult conversations like this. Maybe someday I will be as good at writing and/or finding ridiculous images on google as my friend Ty.

Ty Paluska

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Over the past several years, the 4th of July has always been an awkward holiday for me.  In my upbringing as a Christian there was a huge emphasis on America being God’s “light on a hill” and that somehow the 4th of July turned into some kind of religious celebration.  This has bothered me quite a bit, especially in light of a renewed understanding of Jesus and his love for ALL nations.  I feel as though we as Americans have sort of robbed Jesus and kept him as our own and we use him as a tool to advance our American dreams and ideals.  If we stop and think about it and what Jesus might have to say about it, it should make us feel a little uncomfortable.  As the picture above suggests, we’ve treated Jesus as some kind of American freedom fighter who is pro-America, pro-freedom (as abstract as…

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Years behind.

I created this page to be able to share my beliefs, struggles, research, and musings without annoyingly shoving it in the faces of my fb friends.  I don’t plan to write consistently or well.  I want this to primarily be a place of safe, respectful discussion and would appreciate ideas of what topics to (clumsily) tackle.