More thoughts on pacifism Pacifism has been on my mind quite a bit since reading about the response of the Amish community of Lancaster County, PA, to the schoolhouse killings, and since writing about it a week ago. Now, I read on Fred Peatross' blog his musings on pacifism, in which he passes along some insights from a lecture of pacifism. In this instance, the pacifism being discussed is in the global context, in terms of our government's role in the context of war, and the war in Iraq in particular.
I think of pacifism as a personal philosophy that, in theory, should influence governmental affairs. But when it comes to affairs of state, I subscribe the just war theory.
How can I claim to be a pacifist on a personal level and yet support just war theory?
When Jesus said to "render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's," I believe that he was advising those who would follow his teachings to not only follow the laws of their governments (within moral and ethical parameters, of course), but also to leave the affairs of state -- taxes, war, etc. -- to the kingdoms of this world. That's not to say his followers shouldn't attempt to influence the affairs of state, or have a say in them, but we should understand that the governments of this world are temporary, and the government of heaven is eternal.