Key Text

2 Corinthians 10:1-7

I myself, Paul, appeal to you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ - I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away! - I ask that when I am present I need not show boldness by daring to oppose those who think we are acting according to human standards. Indeed, we live as human beings, but we do not wage war according to human standards; for the weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but they have divine power to destroy strongholds. We
destroy arguments and every proud obstacle raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to
obey Christ. We are ready to punish every disobedience when your obedience is complete. Look at what is before your eyes. If you are confident that you belong to Christ, remind yourself of this, that just as you belong to Christ, so also do we.

cited from the NRSV

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Present Context

For Reflection

As we reflect on the ANZAC tradition, we are reminded that the christian call is to non-violent revolution. "Turn the other cheek... go the second mile... offer your singlet also..." These acts suggested by Jesus are not acts of surrender but of non-violent disarming of an aggressor - a turning of the tables.

Images of warfare as depictions of discipleship are fraught - even alien in our day. How do we understand the battle we have been called to fight, and the manner of engagement?

We are called to the pathway of the cross: victory through surrender. A difficult path to walk. How can we live in this way in a time when economic and military power dominate?

I am reminded of the soldier's prayer:

I asked for strength, that I might achieve, I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey...
I asked for health, that I might do greater things, I was given infirmity, that I might do better things...
I asked for riches, that I might be happy, I was given poverty, that I might be wise...
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men, I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God...
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life, I was given life, that I might enjoy all things...
I got nothing that I asked for — but everything that I had hoped for...
Almost despite myself, my prayers were answered.