CRUCIFYING JESUS AGAIN

By Jon Kauffman

Truce of God

Proclaimed at the Council of Narbonne, August 25, 1054

1. First, we order that no Christian shall slay his fellow Christian. For he who kills a Christian, without doubt sheds the blood of Christ. If anyone unjustly kills a man, he shall pay the penalty according to law. “Christian Peace and Nonviolence,” Edited by Michael G. Long, Page 59.

What if the Council of Narbonne is correct? What if when we kill a Christian, we “shed the blood of Christ?”

What if when we kill a Christian, we crucify Jesus again?

What if when we join the US military and kill enemy soldiers who are followers of Jesus, we crucify Jesus again?

What if during the Revolutionary War, American Christian soldiers who killed Christian soldiers from England were crucifying Jesus again?

When Christian soldiers from the North who killed Christian Soldiers from the South during the Civil War were they crucifying Jesus again?

When Christian soldiers for the United States killed Christian soldiers in the Philippines, were they crucifying Jesus again?

What if Christian soldiers from the United States, when they killed Christian soldiers in Germany during WW I and WW II were crucifying Jesus again?

Jesus has been calling many Muslims to become Christians. What if when we kill “terrorists” in Iraq or Afghanistan we are crucifying Jesus all over again?

 Jesus said, 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

When we join the United States military and destroy homes and fields and kill innocent men, women and children, causing hunger, thirst, illness and nakedness what if we are crucifying Jesus again?

When US pilots napalmed fields in Vietnam, were they crucifying Jesus again?

When US snipers killed innocent men, women and children in Iraq and Afghanistan were they crucifying Jesus again?

Pilate tried to wash his hands, what if when we join the military and work as an accountant or cook, we crucify Jesus again?

What if when we manufacture guns for the military, we crucify Jesus again?

What if when we accept the spoils of war we crucify Jesus again?

Copyright © 2020 by Jon Kauffman. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted when used to further the Kingdom of God. Permission is gladly given to re-blog this post.

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Jon Kauffman graduated from Goshen College, earning a BA in Religion. Jon attended a Mennonite Church while growing up and currently attends the Salvation Army Church. Jon works as a drafter at TrueNorth Steel, Fargo, ND.

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