Just Call Me A Pacifistic Non-Pacifist???
While my views of government, war and peace have drastically changed in the last two years, I do not stand on solid ground. I’m always listening, learning and asking.
If I had to label myself, I’d say I take on a more Anabaptist view, believing Jesus taught not to kill, but understanding that a pro-active civil disobedient discourse is sometimes necessary.
However, in the last few days I’ve asked myself some tough questions:
How do we untangle the violence of the crucifixion?
How do we make sense of a father that would demand this of his son?
If we believe God is non-violent, why did s/he want/need to use the cross?
Couldn't there have been a non-violent atonement?
My convictions are unchanging, but I’m open to discussion, exploration and discovery.