Ever since ISIS/ISIL have released videos that claim to show the beheadings of several journalists, the demands that “something must be done” have gotten louder and louder.
Of course, when Americans (and Christians) demand that “something must be done,” they really mean that the U.S. government needs to go to war with our perceived enemy.
But this raises a question. How would Jesus respond in such a situation? This is the question my friend Carl Medearis recently asked on his Facebook page. Here is how he put it in his own words…
We have been horrified by ISIS beheading their captives. What would Jesus do in such a situation?
Well, we know that his cousin and most likely closest childhood friend was taken prisoner, held, and then beheaded. Here’s what Jesus did (Matthew 14).
“When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”
We don’t have to wonder what Jesus would have done. We know what he actually did.
When John the Baptist was beheaded, Jesus did not try to assemble an army or attack King Herod in any way. Jesus simply withdrew to have some time by himself. Then when people followed, he continued his ministry of love.
Some food for thought on this late summer day.