Monday, July 30, 2012

Jesus & Nonviolence

The non-aggression principle is fundamental, and of course the rule is thou shall not kill. But is nonviolence fundamental?

John 2:13-16
English Standard Version (ESV)
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
13  The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14  In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade.”

Jesus came upon clear, active, present wrongdoing, and literally whipped the malefactors and overturned their tables.  The dove sellers he told to split with their wares (overturning the cages might hurt the doves and carefully letting each one go would take a lot of time, or perhaps, he was not about to destroy anyone's property.)

The aggressors are the ones who abused the temple.  I think this is a case of righteous indignation,  in which on enthusiastically engages in "game on."

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