The Hypocritical Gospel

I am a sports fan and that includes watching the NBA.  I was disappointed the last Sunday to watch the Los Angeles Lakers player formerly known as Ron Artest commit a very flagrant foul by intentionally elbowing in the back of the head James Harden of Oklahoma City Thunder.  The hit was hard enough to cause a concussion.  Here is a video of that clip:

This incident also follows a list of on-court acts of violence that Artest has been involved in, including the infamous brawl between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons in Auburn Hills, Michigan back in 2004.

But what is even more sickening is the fact that Ron Artest has had the audacity to rename himself as Metta World Peace.  Where is the peace in violently hitting another human-being, causing injury to him?  There is none and that is what makes it so disgusting to see this individual calling himself Metta World Peace.  I know also that I am not alone in this feeling, as there have been several anchors on ESPN who did not want to call him by his new name either.

It is laughable that anyone would describe themselves by using the word peace would act in such violent ways.  Just as it is laughable that the United States named the Convair B-36 Bomber the “Peacemaker.”  Where is the peace this bomber has produced?  Where is the peace of Metta World Peace?

The truth is, it seems rather hypocritical to be proclaiming peace and yet act in violent ways.  And yet, since the fourth century Christians have tried to preach the gospel that promises peace while increasingly championing the ways of violence.

There’s something wrong with this scenario!  I’m hesitant to use the word “hypocrite” but only because I don’t want to castigate Christianity.  But the truth is, it is very hypocritical to preach a gospel of preach while championing and justifying violence as an option…even if it is regarded as the last option.

For years Christianity has gotten away with this inconsistency because we existed in a Christendom culture where most people believed in a Judeo-Christian religious outlook.  But that has all changed.  We now exist in a time when it is paramount that our lives (the way we speak and live) must match the message we preach as true.

James 3:17-18 “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.  Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”

We laugh at Metta World Peace but…

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One response to “The Hypocritical Gospel

  1. The Church of Christ denomination was by and large pacifist until WWII; it being southern and having experienced the devastation of the War of Northern Aggression and the Reconstruction made them take Jesus quite seriously on war and peace issues. The Orthodox East never promulgated a Just War doctrine and the canon that governs war is that while, in extreme, a war of defense may be necessary, to have killed in war one must also repent, for, necessity notwithstanding, it was still a sin. This was the canon of Basil the Great. It seems to stand to reason that if our treasures are in heaven, the weapons that we use to defend them are not carnal….and if we harbor treasures on earth, then our weapons will be appropriate to our treasures; but are you going to do nothing when a maniac begins to behead your wife????
    But yes, our Nation is in the midst of endless wars which no scheme even of just war can justify, and most believers, it seems, will go along with it. Lord have mercy

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