The Savage Sword of Jesus?

The Savage Sword of Jesus? December 14, 2018

Sometimes you have to switch tactics to make your point.

For the last few years I’ve been trying to help American Christians understand who Jesus is and that He isn’t a Pro-War, American Capitalist. I’m not making much progress, it seems.

But then I ran across this article about a new comic book being created called “The Savage Sword of Jesus” and it sounded like what some American Christians believe. [This is not a joke]

Here’s a little about the comic from an interview with writer Grant Morrison over at Vulture Magazine:

“In an interview with Vulture, Morrison revealed his idea for this controversial take on Jesus Christ came…when he uncovered a Nazi project called Positive Christianity, which “recast Christ as a proactive Aryan rather than a meek Jew.” The title and physical look of the Messiah are inspired by a “Conan the Barbarian” series.”

“Obviously, I had done a lot of research for that one, and I just came across this interesting idea that during the Second World War, the Nazis had attempted to rebrand Christianity, and rebrand Christ, specifically. Take him away from the gentle and peace-loving character of the Gospels, and to transform him into a Nordic and brutish and violent Messiah.

“The idea of stories being changed to fit a narrative rings true with Morrison, especially in this current political climate: “We’re living in a time when it’s quite clear how even the most pacifist stories or narratives that one time were a lot more positive, can be perverted to stand in as catalysts for violence and mayhem. Especially now that we live in a world where we’ve seen that lies can easily be overlooked, and where celebrity culture is more powerful than the truth, and where people can quite happily twist any narrative to suit any new narrative, and almost twist narratives into their complete opposites, which is what the Nazis tried to do with the Gospels.”

Sound familiar? To me, it sounds frighteningly familiar…

Because so many American Christians have pretty much already done this theologically. They’ve created a version of Jesus that is pro-war, who approves of violence, who condones torture, who turns a blind eye when we turn away refugees, and who can’t stand “sinners”.

Anyone who reads the actual New Testament scriptures will find that Jesus isn’t any of those things.

This is why the “Savage Sword of Jesus”comic should offend anyone who truly embraces Jesus for who He actually is.

It should also offend Christians when someone equates following Jesus with embracing violence, oppression, war, and nationalism.

But for some reason it doesn’t.

This is why I’ve said the greatest threat to Christianity in America is American Christianity. Because it looks so little like Jesus.

But sometimes it takes someone like Grant Morrison – who is NOT a follower of Christ – to hold up a mirror to us and allow us to see the image we portray to the World around us; an image that looks less like Jesus, and more like Rambo, or Conan the Barbarian.
My hope would be that those who look deep into the eyes of this bloodthirsty Jesus will realize it’s nothing at all like who Jesus really was, or is.
And then maybe we could realize that it’s nothing at all like who we should be either.
So, take note:
The Messiah who was prophesied to come and bring peace, called the Prince of Peace, and whose Kingdom would call men to beat their swords into plowshares and study war no more, whose birth was announced by a legion of angels proclaiming “Peace on Earth, Good will to all mankind!”, and who came as a baby, and who rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and wept over the city because they did “not know the things that make for peace”, and who taught that we should turn the other cheek, bless those who hate us, and love our enemies, and who rebuked the disciples when they wanted to call down fire on those who opposed them saying, “you know not what spirit you are of”, and who disarmed Peter, and who told Pilate that his “kingdom was not of this world, if it were [his] disciples would fight”, and who said “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”, and who rose from the dead saying “Peace!” to his disciples….that guy?
Yeah, He’s totally pro-violence.

“The Savage Sword of Jesus Christ” is now available in Heavy Metal Magazine.

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Keith Giles was formerly a licensed and ordained minister who walked away from organized church 11 years ago, to start a home fellowship that gave away 100% of the offering to the poor in the community. 

Today, He and his wife live in Meridian, Idaho, awaiting their next adventure.

His new book “Jesus Unbound: Liberating the Word of God from the Bible”, is available now on Amazon and features a Foreword by author Brian Zahnd.

He is also the author of the Amazon best-seller, “Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics To Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb” with a Foreword by Greg Boyd.

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What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment
  • Ocelot Aardvark

    Genuine Christians know, and follow, the voice of their Shepherd and Savior …
    … and definitely NOT that vicious, shrieking, Aryan-white-supremacist, false Christ.

  • Ivan T. Errible

    There is no god.

  • Shirley Blake

    I appreciate your efforts. It used to infuriate me the misrepresentation of Jesus. I felt that the most important role I had as a Christian was to stand against these false representations. I’m not there anymore, I’m not sure I even believe in Christianity any more. But I am always refreshed by those who stand up for the real Jesus.

  • reynard61

    Why would Jesus settle for a sword when He has access to more modern technologies? [/sarcasm]

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0badae0fc5373be0af36f6be721187cd163c917164a52f22e525e9c09ba29399.jpg

  • Gordon Savage

    In other words: “here’s a grotesque caricature of you to prove you’re as bad as I think you are!” For the record, I think American religion is steeped in violence, left and right. And I’d be sympathetic if you were addressing the error of your brothers as it really is, but this is a strawman, and, worse, red meat to fire up the anger and self-righteousness of those who already agree with you.

  • Angel Shining

    (This is why I’ve said the greatest threat to Christianity in America is American Christianity. Because it looks so little like Jesus. ) When Jesus was channeled this is basically what he said , he said my sons and daughters are far from my teaching. Christianity looks nothing like my teachings. He also said he did not come here to start a religion but to encourage the Jews of love and forgiveness as that is what is important for the other side. He said religion is okay as its man trying to understand God and that includes all religions not just Christianity. He is not political and not that he is against voting but he said it causes alot of hatred so it should not be discussed and you should not judge others on who they vote for. He also said that the bible is 80% written by man and mans views. So maybe the red letter christian guy had a point, that is probably 20% of the bible. what Jesus said.

  • Angel Shining

    I hear ya and alot of people are walking away from it , many back to Judaism. I myself became a Baha’i as it is way more peaceful, no talk of politics and people just loving one another and helping one another. It is funny they got Christ message more than his own people……..

  • Angel Shining

    that is probably true but there is so few “genuine” Christians as you say.

  • Angel Shining

    There is a God, its just Christianity gives him a bad rap. You need to learn from the Jews, I studied with a Rabbi and they truly love God. They don’t agree with the Jesus thing ( I do believe there was a Jesus, not the one portrayed by Christianity but he all about Love and Forgiveness) A Lot of the other stuff in there was written by men. Many Homophobic and also antisemitic (Paul) who started Christianity, Jesus never was starting a religion, he was simply talking to the Jews. To live a good life here on earth with Love and Forgiveness.

  • Ivan T. Errible

    Oh dear, you’ve just exchange one nonsensical myth for another.