What Should Christians Offer ISIS — Hugs or Hand Grenades? A Tale of Two Christians November 19, 2015

What Should Christians Offer ISIS — Hugs or Hand Grenades? A Tale of Two Christians

What to do about the so-called Islamic State? Post-Paris, blogger Bill Blankschaen says he knows. “ISIS needs the gospel — and a good bombing,” he writes at Faith Walkers.

[T]o those who shed man’s blood — or who plot to do so — justice demands we bomb them into oblivion.

We should pray that God destroy them, either through a miraculous encounter with the gospel (our first hope) or through a rendezvous with airborne ordnance — whatever it takes to preserve life.

Love sometimes requires both a hug and a hand grenade.

That’s abhorrent to peacemaker Benjamin Corey (disclosure: he’s a good friend of mine) at Formerly Fundie, who has a post up today titled “To Start Thinking Like Christians, We Need To Stop Thinking Like Americans.”

The Kingdom of God is not concerned with building walls, but tearing them down.

The Kingdom of God is not concerned with having more, but giving more.

The Kingdom of God says, “Refugees? That’s why we exist — we’d love to help.”

In order to think like a Christian…, we have to stop thinking like Americans — because those two entities have an entirely different set of concerns and goals.

As Christians we are immigrants and exiles living in a foreign country and hold our citizenship elsewhere. During our stay we will be tempted to adopt the identity of our host nation and will be tempted to follow the gods of this land — the gods of “me” and “ours.”

I find Corey’s view infinitely more attractive, though I’m not convinced you can build either a solid foreign policy or an effective response to ISIS on it.

Either way, it’s always fascinating to me that one book — containing the infallible word of God, no less — can produce diametrically opposed views among the people claiming to genuinely follow it.

(Image by James Kochalka via Achewood)

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