AMAZING: The Bible Reveals How Jesus Would Respond to the Recent Beheadings of American Journalists

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.

About Ryan Healy

Ryan Healy is a freelance writer. He's been a Christian most of his life, but did not discover that God would save all people until age 23. When he asked too many questions about the Bible, he was told he could no longer participate in his Sunday school's social activities. After that experience, Ryan left the church and has been studying The Restoration of All Things ever since.
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4 Responses to AMAZING: The Bible Reveals How Jesus Would Respond to the Recent Beheadings of American Journalists

  1. Mary says:

    Ryan,

    What Church did you leave?

    Best,
    Mary

  2. Judy says:

    I understand what you are saying Ryan, but Jesus also told us that there would be wars and rumors of wars and that we were not to worry, that these things must take place before the Last Day, or End Times. So, doesn’t this mean that war is inevitable?

    Matthew 24:6
    6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.

    Everyone should read Matthew Chapter 24.

    • Ryan Healy says:

      Hi Judy – I agree with Matthew 24. There will be wars and rumors of wars at the end of the age. Yet this does not mean that Christians should support or encourage wars in an attempt to fulfill prophecy.

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