Monday, July 30, 2012

Duplicity

The other day I blogged about hypocrisy.  Today, I want to share about duplicity in my own life.

Overall, I am a pacifist.  I believe that most wars are wrong.  I believe most fighting and violence is wrong.  I do believe there are exceptions to that rule.  It does not bother me to live in a country that has a military to protect its citizens, though I do think that most instance of fighting an offensive war run contradictory to the Word of God.  How you tell which wars are okay and which ones aren't?  Good question to which I have no answer other than look back in 30 years.  I honestly don't know how to answer that.  It's something I struggle with.

But where this applies to me the most involves my personal hobbies and interests.  Anyone who knows me knows my penchant for all things medieval.  I have a collection of over twenty such weapons.  I love history, especially the violent and bloody parts.  With interests like that, how can I have such pacifist tendencies?

I haven't always had such Anabaptist leanings.  It wasn't until reading the works Shane Claiborne, Gregory Boyd and others challenged me to read the Bible through the way God intended it, not through a narrow "America is always right" mindset.  Challenging those preconceived notions has also caused me to rethink what it really means to be pro-life.

So, how can my interests be so diametrically opposed to my views?  I don't know.  I'm still trying to figure it out.  Any thoughts?

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