The Fellowship of Life
By Margaret Lawson
Every now and again one comes across some self-contradictory phrase
which attempts to water down the essential evil meaning and salve our
consciences, e.g. "Christian violence" and "humane slaughter".
The latest for me is "Army Kirk Sessions", a reference to the fact
that there are elders serving in the Black Watch.
Here we have gross inconsistency - elders of the Church of Him who
preached the gospel of love and non-violence, sitting at His table, and
then going out to shed the blood of His people.
Is it not time that the Church became more strict in the appointment
of its office-bearers, that Christianity may be shown in its true light
by their example, and not diluted to its present-day travesty? The
Christian way of life is quite contrary to popular belief, and should
shine out as a beacon.
Let us be fools for Christ's sake and indeed study war no more.
Life and Work magazine
'Kirk Sessions' - Court of the Scottish Presbyterian Church
'Black Watch' - Royal Highland Regiment in the British Army
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