Peter & Paul, the pacifists.

It’s an indisputable fact that for the first few hundred years, the Christian faith was pacifist. Well, I mean, you can try to dispute it, but you’ll be wrong.

This is interesting, in light of American political history. (I speak of America as the most visible “Christian nation”.) The hawks and doves both claim Jesus as savior, though the domains that need to be saved and the actions needed to be taken differ enormously from Jesus to Jesus.

We’ve obviously taken quite a right turn, collectively, since that time. I wonder what the literal New Testament church (not the concept so many churches claim to aspire to) would have to say to us today. Not just about pacifism, which I brought up because of the stark contrast it presents. But about property, life, liberty, happiness, and what a truly Christ-centered life really looks like.

I also wonder if they’d be right. Christianity has developed as a system of thought (I know, I know, it’s a relationship, but let’s be honest, it’s a relationship that looks a lot like a religion) and a system of religion. So who know better, them or us? Or neither?