Tis the Season For Interpersonal Violence!: Constantine, Saint Nicholas, and @TheIRD

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BREAKING NEWS! Culture Warriors have found a brand new weapon in the War On Christmas: hand to hand combat!

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.


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2 thoughts on “Tis the Season For Interpersonal Violence!: Constantine, Saint Nicholas, and @TheIRD

  1. Hey Rod! I’ve been following your blog for a while now and I love it! It’s particularly cool to see a Christian, critically-thinking, black man in the Christian blogosphere- especially bc I am a black guy, myself. Anyways, keep up the good work! I’ll actually comment on more of them from here on out!

    As far as this post…I agree w/ all the points(despite how poignant) but the bit where you say Constantine was not baptized until he was dead, so he was not a Christian…are you insinuating that whether or not someone is truly saved hinges upon whether they are baptized…or are you saying in that time period, a Christian ( especially the prominence of an emperor) would have gotten baptized if he so believed in Christ?

    • No, I meant he was baptized only a short time before he passed away. For me, baptism is about publically being held accountable by a community to be living out the faith. He had not done so, and many conservative Christians treat him as a Christian when they should treat him as a seeker who was friendly to Christians, and who became one before he died. That’s all. It’s a crucial difference I believe.

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