Sunday, July 31, 2011

Does Christ need his knights on earth?

An ancient term (but often used in a few modern computer games)---Knights Templar (Chinese Translation: 圣殿骑士)---has been referred to the murder who was responsible to the recent tragedy in Norway.

Matthew 26:51-54

With that, one of Jesus' companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

"Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?"

In Chinese translation (马太福音 26)

51 有跟随耶稣的一个人伸手拔出刀来,将大祭司的仆人砍了一刀,削掉了他一个耳朵。
52 耶稣对他说:收刀入鞘罢!凡动刀的,必死在刀下。
53 你想,我不能求我父现在为我差遣十二营多天使来么?
54 若是这样,经上所说,事情必须如此的话怎么应验呢?

What is the purpose of being christian? Is it to punish whoever does not follow Christ? Absolutely NO! Lord asks us to love the other, including our enemies, so that we distinguish us from the rest of the world.

Why is Jesus unique comparing to the other religion leaders (if you think of him as the leader of a religion)? He did not have knights around protecting him. He did not author any document advocating his viewpoints. He did not even have several hundreds of (let it alone thousands or millions of) followers who claimed to be loyal to him before he was killed in the cross. But such a man became so remarkable in history that our chronology is ordered based on when he was born.

Jesus did not need knights to protect him two thousands year ago. Jesus does not need knights to protect his church and his words at present too. The so-called Knights Templar was for human ambitious instead of for the mission of Lord. God created the world by love. Lord overcomes the world also by love.

So, do not ever speak again that someone is a knight of Lord. Our Lord had talked about it himself before he was arrested. "But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Actually, as a knight of the Lord, (by his decree, not mine) you are incorrect. Jesus does appoint humans as knights but not to oppress or judge the will of God for other humans but to act as protectors and guardians to help guide people to Him. If you believe in "soldiers for Christ" it should not be a big stretch for you to believe that some of his people were chosen to be knights. They have the same purpose; to recognize that Satan is the enemy of man and declared war on God, His Son and mankind before we were born. Knights obey the missions that God gives them which range from simple acts of service to standing firm in their faith against overwhelming odds. And yes, every once in a while we get to do battle with the evil one and his army on a spiritual plane. For the words God spoke to me many years ago echo for me every day. "For no power in heaven or earth can defeat my knights as long as they abide in me and I abide in them." So rest assured and sleep better at night. Not all knights who bear the "templar" label are rogue knights who judge others and act on their own. Some of us were appointed to be guardians and protectors. (Some of them may even be in your neighborhood...)