During my ethics lectures we were discussing if Jesus was a pacifist and while Jesus did say a lot about peace making I have trouble thinking of him as a pacifist, especially after reading this:

So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” (John 2:15-16).

Making a whip out of cords is a premeditate act which says to me that are times and places when it is not appropriate to be a pacifist. However the times and places may be few and far between. Nevertheless I can’t discount that God may requires us to create an upheaval or defend our loved ones or even ourselves.

For the first 30 years of Jesus’ life he did nothing to draw attention to himself. There were many issues that Jesus did not get involved in. He lived near a Greek town with a theatre which no doubt had all the usual trappings of a pagan town. We do not see him protesting about inappropriate theatrical productions or writings with poor moral standards. For the first 30 years of his life Jesus blended in to his culture yet remained sinless.

Ultimately one has to be sensitive to God to know when it is the right time to confront and when it is not. When is the right time to get involved in social issues and when it is not. I suspect that for different Christians the answers could be vastly different as God has different roles for us to play. Therefore we should not be concerned or upset if Christians think differently on these issues and if you think Jesus was a pacifist I don’t feel the need to change your mind.