“An open letter to American Christians, especially the shepherds of our flocks, regarding pacifism and just war: A plea for peace and understanding” by Jeremy Marshall

From the post:
“My invitation to you, my brothers and sisters who would one day beat your swords into ploughshares (but not just yet) is simply this: at least be more welcoming to peaceful peasants such as I am, who have welcomed God’s kingdom into our lives by laying down our sword and shield (perhaps preemptively) by the riverside to study war no more. We are doing no harm to you. Further, I would challenge you to consider what it is worth making your ploughshares into swords and your gardening tools into spears over.”

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A Farewell to Gun Memes: “Swords–>Plows” Means Something

Stop posting stupid memes.  Especially ones about guns.

I’ve previously established the need for Christians to actually make alive the kind of kingdom that beats swords into ploughshares.  This is what Isaiah prophesied (2:3-4),  and which Micah prophesied (4:3).

Think about what this means: Taking swords and beating them into scythes, taking spears and beating them into pruning hooks.
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Swords into Ploughshares: Voluntary Disarmament in the Kingdom

So I think now is the time to talk about guns.  Now that all the fuss has died down.

I get it: Letting a flooded market of guns just saturate our culture so that people will be too afraid to shoot each other instead of anxious to shoot each other  is naive.

I get it: Trying to ban all guns will just take guns away from law-abiding citizens and keep them in the hands of law-breakers and a sporadically tyrannical government, which makes it also naive.
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Don’t invade Syria

Says Empire: “Doing something to Syria would be a big blow to Iran.”  Except that Iran hasn’t threatened us.  We are more of a threat to them.

Obama wants to invade Syria.  The reasoning: it will weakin Iraq.  Because killing people in one country to make another country weak when it’s already too weak to even think of attacking us is logical in any playing field.  Ron Paul could talk him out of it, if he would just listen.

What ‘s happening in Syria is none of our business.  What happened in Libya is none of our business.  In fact, what happened in Iraq was none of our business.

I echo the video: this whole invade everybody who we think might get a nuke in the future or something is bad politics, bad policy, bad economy.  Oh, and it’s morally corrupt.

You want to change things for the better in a country?  Send in doctors.  Send in teachers.  Send in carries of gospel.

Missionaries, not missiles.

The prophets of Israel called for quietism abroad.  That means you don’t go invade other places.  Oh, and America’s founders also didn’t want to go “monster hunting” abroad, for those of you who claim to follow Jesus but care more about America.  So, no matter how you cut it, this invasion would be wrong.

over the last 50-80 years America’s history of preemptive war, covert destabilization, foreign occupation, nation building, torture and assassination have accumulated a vast hatred of American presence in the Middle-East and other places in the world.  It’s time for this to end.

Swords into ploughshares.  Ron Paul is the only politician I know who seriously quotes it in his use of policy rhetoric.  Start listening to him.