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I saw the following on a blog post:

Where my own self is concerned, I am content to turn the other cheek. However, I will fight—even to death—if the safety of my family is at stake. If a person stands by and does nothing when his children are being murdered, it is not a demonstration of righteousness. Rather, the person has become an accomplice to the murder, just as surely as though he had pulled the trigger himself.

I left the following for the author:

According to that, God has Jesus's blood on God's hands. Do you believe that? I don't.

Jesus did not go to war against the child murderers even though there were plenty of them around he could have hunted down and killed. He could have gone around killing all sorts of sinners. He didn't do it. He didn't ask his closest friends to take up the sword for him or for anyone. He taught against doing that. He taught to have faith in God's power over the soul that survives the flesh. Murdered, innocent children go to God, not Satan. Slaughtering the slaughterers is what slaughterers do. They don't end up next to or face to face with God. There's a right reason for that. Sort it out. Understand that everyone is your family.

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    About Tom Usher

    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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    • I've received a reply on MyBlogLog, where I left my original comment:

      May 23, 2009 10:16 pm

      Hi. Thanks for the heads up regarding the problem with Blogger, and for your comment. As for your question, I think you have framed it in the wrong way. Certainly, the issue of Jesus' death on the cross is more complex than your question implies. To begin with, since God the father is indivisible from Jesus the son, it was more of a self-sacrifice than anything else. However, following the same logic as your question, we could also ask if God is a murderer because he does nothing when anyone is ever killed here on earth. However, we know that things are more complicated than that. Indeed, Paul makes it clear that since God even sacrificed his own son for us (i.e., God does have blood on his hands!), God's grace and love is more than sufficient for us. The issue of God's culpability for human suffering does not lend itself to trite reductionalism. There are no easy theological answers regarding this. Getting back to the issue at hand (our own responsibility), really, if a murderer broke into your house, would you stand by and let him kill your child? If you did nothing, then you would be just as guilty as he. What about our neighbors? To give a real world example, who was guilty, just the Nazis who killed the Jews, or all of the Germans who could have acted to save the Jews, but chose to do nothing?

      My reply:

      You are welcome for the heads-up. My question implied simplicity to you, did it? That was in your mind. "blood on his hands" connotes guilt. God is not guilty of murdering his son unless you wish to think of humanity as one with God despite apostasy. In a certain context, that's right. It is not though much of an effort at setting priorities. Of course it was self-sacrificing. God knew and Jesus knew Jesus would be murdered. The message is, stop killing. It's not complicated, unless you make it complicated. I take exception to your use of the term "trite," let alone "reductionalism," which I've only ever seen as reductionism. "...if a murderer broke into your house, would you stand by and let him kill your child? If you did nothing, then you would be just as guilty as he." That's your view. That, however, is not Jesus's view. Jesus would not kill him or even resist him with fleshly violence. Your position lacks faith. The early Christians were led passively to their slaughter with their children, singing. Where are they now? Are they in Hell being punished for not fighting as Jesus taught them not to fight? I know they aren't. I have full faith in what Jesus taught. He was, and remains, correct. Also, are you fighting against the U.S. troops who are using unmanned predator drones to murder innocent babies even now? Are you fighting against the leaders who have ordered the mass murders? Is this becoming too complicated for you? I don't mean that in a condescending tone. It's a real, straightforward question. I've turned this into a post. You are welcome to come comment. http://www.realliberalchristianchurch.org/?p=3131

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