In our violence-ridden, non-violence espousing, uber-offendable culture, we forget that men and women of peace are also men and women of violence, hatred, and anger.
We suffered fools because they filled the world with their toxic counterfeits of “power” and we, fearing to be fools, foolishly laid down for it, letting them tread us thin and batter us until we lost any concept of genuine powers or how to use them.
No one who loves lays down for abuse and oppression. Everyone who loves, fights. We just don’t fight the way that fools do. They fight against people for “law” and “order” and “morality” and “righteousness” and “the greater good” and even “God”. We fight for and together with people against their bondage and their bonds.
It doesn’t much matter how you understand the implications of those statements — what they advocate is clear. Anger and grievance. Love and hate. War, weapons, destruction, captivity, and punishment.
If there is no place in your views for these, your views are impotent, leaving you to pray, hope, or “wait on the Lord.” Optimism doesn’t remotely approach “…the power of God; by weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left…” If your answer to atrocity is that Jesus will make it right “when he comes back,” you won’t like it when he comes back and does it, because he is here to enable us to make it right now, but instead you refuse him and avoid, evade, object, and deny — just like a deserter. In what way will you be “with him” then?
If violence is foreign to you, don’t name God and profess love, because you know neither. Instead, shut your mouth and learn — you don’t know what you’re talking about. If you don’t know how to hate, your love is a joke and you are a liar. If you aren’t familiar with it, you need experience. Don’t feign maturity, and don’t pretend that hatred has no place. Grow up.
Love is a weapon, and there are plenty of strongholds and speculations and lofty things to be destroyed, all of which keep people enslaved, fearful, isolated, and powerless. All the feel-good fluff-love in the world hasn’t freed them, because it can’t, because it isn’t true.
You want salvation? You want the power of life and of God? You want rivers of living water flowing from your innermost being, inspiring and empowering you and others? You want to liberate? Then get real. This is no game.