• By John Hicks

'Kill them and let God sort them out' or...

What is your priority? When one looks at the headlines along with budgetary allocations of tax monies it appears that our country's priority is essentially the elimination of our enemies. These priorities sadly are embraced by the church for the most part as Christians in droves support most anything that is "a war on...". You can fill in the blanks. In practice the professing believers of the day would rather "kill them and let God sort them out" instead of trying to love their enemies and to do good towards them by trying at all costs to pull them out of the fire. When dealing with enemies, from criminals to terrorists, what should our priority be? The church professes a belief in redemption and reconciliation yet it seems to spend more time and resources through its individual members towards the warring against those that do evil in order to essentially kill them or at least just 'make them go away'.

The heathen can see the hypocrisy.

Why is it so hard for Christians to see it?

Kurt Vonnegut Jr., a famous writer and atheist, said: “...the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes…I haven't heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere. "Blessed are the merciful" in a courtroom? "Blessed are the peacemakers" in the Pentagon?” He has a valid point. If we are professing to be followers of Jesus Christ then why do we not take on the mantle of peacemaker that Jesus desires us to do? Instead we celebrate when the bad guys are killed without any efforts to reach them with gospel on our end. "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also... Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?"

- Matthew 5:9,38-39,43-47 "Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not... Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good."

- Romans 12:14,17-21 "And of some have compassion, making a difference: [23] And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh."

- Jude 1:22-23 "And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation."

- 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Instead of "killing them and letting God sort them out" we should instead be working diligently towards saving these lost souls destined to an eternity of hell by encouraging them towards repentance so that they will not perish. "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."

- 2 Peter 3:9

I chose the snapshot of the 2014 tweet from our current POTUS. It was him messaging things such as General Patton's quote "May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't" that got the so-called Christian base in the US to vote for him. In essence because he promised to deliver with an attitude contrary to God's the professing Christians approved and voted him in with rabid support. They wanted a stronger military so that we could "kill them all and let God sort them out".

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