Building Idols: Making Myself God

A very interesting post over at Rachel Held Evans’ website this evening discusses Jesus and His non-violent nature. It asks the question of whether we as His followers should also follow a non-violent ethic and how far we should take this.

I have made my own comment over there but this is what strikes me most (and this is something to which I have given a great deal of thought):

It is not violence itself which is the problem, but wielding power over another human being in an effort to dominate and control.

If we look at it like that, the hazy areas are a lot less hazy. If I wield power, whether violent or not, to dominate and control another human being, I position myself on a par with God.

I am not God. 

Isn’t the desire to be god-like exactly where sin began?

“…the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God…” 

Genesis 3:4-5 NRSVA

Perhaps this is why we are instructed to be gentle, and to prize humility?

Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.

Philippians 4:5

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Matthew 5:5

And if this only makes you sigh, then these words from Jesus are for you:

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls…’

Matthew 11:28-29