In all serious, it’s not really shocking for me to read about culture warriors and dominionists jump with GLEE at the thought of doing physical violence towards people who they see as their enemies. Oh but I need to relax, chill, learn to take a joke, it’s only joking! The post wasn’t meant as an endorsement of Santa Claus beating up a fellow bishop. No one should take these pieces seriously, oh, until you read the comment section. Whether its a contributor or just a regular commenter on the IRD’s blog, it doesn’t matter, but what matters to Just WarMongers things like the narrative of “unless you are overturning tables, scattering money, interrupting business sanctioned by the church, using a whip, and calling people a bunch of snakes” cuz obviously, these are the actions that define Jesus’ life and ministry right?
Jesus said absolutely nothing about loving those who are in our culture who we label as our enemies nor does the apostle Paul say anything about Jesus dying for sinners. Commenter Roger Wosley is correct: “employing violence denies Christ’s teachings, values, example, and divinity.”
Why? Because Jesus is Lord, he is the Creator and Redeemer, the King of the Old and New Creation, and since God created human beings in the image of God, and made human life immeasurably valuable, human beings have no right over what a person deserves because of God’s grace.
Also, for anyone interested in historical facts, Constantine was an Arian, theologically. Constantine is the modern day American conservatives’ hero since he is seen as the first Christian emperor (he wasn’t a Christian–that’s a fact, he was only baptized at death, and since he had not been baptized, he was not a Christian). Saint Nicholas through his interpersonal violence against Arius is violently resisting Constantine’s empire, or the very thing that conservatives love to celebrate. Maybe Saint Nicholas has more in common with Nat Turner than Rush Limbaugh.
- When St Nicholas Punched Out the Heretic Arius (facebookapostles.org)