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Fire in the Bones [Biblical, Heterodox Christianity]: Nothing Unique about Violence

Jason at Glower Street discusses Mark Driscoll’s comments regarding his concerns for the near future of Christianity. In those comments Mark sees a prevalence of focusing on a meek, “cultural” Jesus. He brings up pictures of a formidable Christ “In Revelation, Jesus is a pride fighter with a tattoo down His leg, a sword in His hand and the commitment to make someone bleed. That is a guy I can worship. I cannot worship the hippie, diaper, halo Christ because I cannot worship a guy I can beat up.”In an effort to defend some fragment of the idea behind Mark’s comments, I pointed out the importance of not portraying a version of Christ that did not paint Him as unique. The danger being that a Church can easily fall in love with an incomplete [or simply incorrect] portrayal of Christ by focusing on those aspects they like to dwell on rather than His hard edges. If the entire fellowship buys into this, it can lead to no one feeling impelled to gain a fuller understanding of Christ.

In that exchange, I pointed out that confrontational, aggressive, critical, and powerful aspects of Jesus exhibit His singularity because they derive from His authority. Compare this to the meeker version of Jesus that is less interested in rocking the boat.

In response to one of my comments, Jason said:

Also – and I don’t think I can put this strongly enough – there is nothing unique about violence or blunt force.

I thought that was profound enough to deserve spotlight and consideration. Thanks, Jason.