Terrorists Apologize After Accidentally Beheading Their Own Guy (he who lives by the sword, will die by it)

Terrorists Apologize After Accidentally Beheading Their Own Guy (he who lives by the sword, will die by it) November 15, 2013

The counter cultural message of Jesus invites us to embrace a life of total non-violence, and to follow him. If we insist on participating in violence or violent social systems, Jesus contends that this will have the potential to place us on the receiving end, of the very tool we use.

Here’s a great example of what Jesus taught when he said: “He who lives by the sword will die by the sword”.

As reported by the Telegraph, Syrian rebels have apologized after accidentally beheading a fellow rebel commander by mistake. As the Telegraph reports:

“Militant Islamist rebels in Syria linked to al-Qaeda have asked for “understanding and forgiveness” for cutting off and putting on display the wrong man’s head.”

Yup– they beheaded someone they thought deserved it. Turns out, it was a fellow rebel commander who had recently gone missing.

He who lives by the sword will die by the sword, Jesus reminds us.

Here’s what we can learn: a propensity for violence is at the heart of the human condition– this isn’t simply something terrorists participate in; our culture has its own problem with violence. When we continue to participate in these violent systems, we become part of the system even when we think we’re fighting against it. Take for example, the argument that the solution to America’s gun violence is for more people to carry guns. Our foolish “solution” is to invite more people to participate in a violent system, thinking we can somehow beat the system buy active participation within the confines of such a system.

Jesus however, invites us to simply be non-compliant with these types of social systems entirely.

When we participate in violent systems long enough, we stand a chance of being on the receiving end of the system we helped feed… as Mohammed Fare found out the hard way.

It’s easy to look at a story such as this and feel distance from it, since you and I are not terrorists. However, let us not forget that you and I are continually invited to participate in a never ending cycle of human violence. In our “flesh” the logical answer seems to be: jump in, and fight the system from within the system.

But these systems don’t work that way.

Jesus, however, invites us to fight the system by refusing to participate in it.

If you live by the sword, you will die by the sword.

If you participate in violent systems, you will only feed violent systems.

Jesus offers a different way, a different life, and freedom from the system.

I urge Christians everywhere– become Jesus followers, and start refusing to participate in this worldly system of never-ending violence.

Because he who lives by the sword, will die by it.

 

 

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  • IntoTheNoise

    Excellent reflection, even if I think the “terrorist” designation is premature. A soldier in a civil war, rebel guerrilla or otherwise, who attacks another active soldier in the course of a war is not technically a terrorist. (I am really sorry to say this, but to designate them as such is a bit on the racist side, though I don’t have any sympathy for these guys.) I love this post and agree with it wholeheartedly, as I do most all of your posts. I simply wanted to point this out. I hope you don’t mind.

    Also, if you’re interested, I posted the following this week: “Christ-Centered Witness and the Proper Use of Power.”

    http://imeslebanon.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/christ-centered-witness-and-the-proper-use-of-power/

    Thanks for all of your great posts. Keep them coming.

  • IntoTheNoise

    Excellent reflection, even if I think the “terrorist” designation is premature. A soldier in a civil war, rebel guerrilla or otherwise, who attacks another active soldier in the course of a war is not technically a terrorist. (I am really sorry to say this, but to designate them as such is a bit on the racist side, though I don’t have any sympathy for these guys.) I love this post and agree with it wholeheartedly, as I do most all of your posts. I simply wanted to point this out. I hope you don’t mind.

    Also, if you’re interested, I posted the following this week: “Christ-Centered Witness and the Proper Use of Power.”

    http://imeslebanon.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/christ-centered-witness-and-the-proper-use-of-power/

    Thanks for all of your great posts. Keep them coming.

  • Very good point, and no; I don’t mind at all. I should have given that word a little more thought. Thanks!

  • Barry Cole

    BC, I think that defense, with adequate power to overcome a threat, and being prepared to get out of a tough situation, should one be visited upon you is not the same as idolatry. You have to go in one’s head to see if there idolatry. If I collect stamps, they are not my idol. God says don’t worship false Gods, essentially, that is even higher standard of revering a deity, or something as if it were a deity, that is way more than the dictionary definition. I don’t believe in guns. I like them, collect them, and play ( target and hunting ( recreation)) with them. I don’t believe in violence. The dumb bastard that comes to rape my wife or murder my children is the one living by the sword. He is the violent one. He shall die by the means HE lives by. He will not die by my love of family, my love of peace, my love of him. He lives by his sword (gun, knife, assault with his penis on women and children). That is what I think Jesus meant to teach. I think non violence means find other ways. If Gods lightning starts a forest fire, is it hostile or violent to suppress it, to fight it, to control or overpower it. How about when we back burn, removing trees and homes and wildlife, in hopes of stopping it. Did the drowning soldiers behind the escaping Jews, represent violence? If you survive a crossing of the sea, and your enemy dies trying to get to you in order to kill you, I think Jesus would ask that you not revel in his death, not be thankful for his death, and not live a life seeking to hurt and drown your enemies. Indeed, Jesus essentially says “have no enemies”. I do not make the non- Jesus-like choices that my burgular, wife rapist, child rapist, kidnapper, murderer, murder, thief, breaking into my house has made, or is going to make, or makes over and over. He is living by the sword. I’m the other sword. I don’t worship fear, I don’t like fear, and I think fear is a sword, not a deity. The sword someone visits upon you. Having the power to make sure he dies by the sword, and not you (me), isn’t the same as me living by it, nor worshipping it.

  • Barry Cole

    Notwithstanding my opinion that your stance is a little severe, I do agree that violence is a self perpetuating problem. But if your ass is being eaten by alligators, you need to control them, and then work to get the balance in the ecosystem. If you should have balanced the population some other way, years ago, its wrong, maybe, but necessary to kill the alligators.

    As you have pointed out, it may be necessary to kill, and have some of our soldiers killed, and maybe some of the potential human refugees, in order to get many out. But if we get many (all) out, that leaves the murderers, rapists, crucifiers, and ones that behead children behind, with no one to tax, no one to bully, and free to move on to the next village? I think they either surrender, and agree to live a just life, pay penance, or they have to be stopped. Your understanding that some violence is needed to rescue, I think is the same as my saying some violence is necessary to rescue ( save) the next village from the same fate. As another, side, point. I am fine with refugees and airlifts and rescues, but really, aren’t we kidnappings people that probably want to live in their country, worship with their neighbors, interact with relatives in the next town, and enjoy their native culture? Any reason to believe that they’d like to be uprooted, because WE think its better here. I’d like it to be better THERE, for them is one better than the other?
    I hate war, and violence. But I am torn because I like stopping murderers and rapists and terrorist more. I like stopping them quicker than later. I like stopping them with overwhelming force that protects my fellow countrymen’s lives. I don’t care who fills vacuums, as long as they don’t act like this.

    Interestingly you point out Saddam wouldn’t have put up with this. You are right, but not in a congratulatory way. He would have suppressed such things with unmerciful force and decadant cruelty.