War Stories Around a Communion Table

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

Its been no secret that war bothers me a little bit. We have had some great discussions on the topic of war and peace. This post is not necessarily about the ethics of war, its more about the brutality of the cross.

Today at church, I was reminded of the brutality of the cross and the devastating price that Christ paid for our forgiveness and freedom from fear.
The communion meditation involved a very vivid story about Normandy France and the events that took place on Tuesday, the 6th of June 1944, otherwise known as D-Day. It was a chilling account of death and the brutality of war. The speaker made a very interesting contrast between the price American Soldiers paid for our freedom and the price Christ paid for our freedom on the cross.

Leaving my opinions aside, what do you think about this very interesting contrast?
Are they the same or separate? Good illustration or disturbing?

*kyle

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • http://joshuaobserves.wordpress.com Joshua Long

    Any time we compare a person (or group of persons) to Christ, we are in dangerous territory. Reminds me of the Fourth-of-July-Memorial-Day-God-and-Country celebrations where american patriotism is held up as a central tenet of the Christian faith. I wasn't there. I can see how it would be possible to do this in a way that would be reverent and powerful, but that would be unusual.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/klreed189 klreed189

      Great point Josh. I totally agree that no matter what context, comparing a person to Christ is very dangerous territory.
      The man that gave the meditation was in hit 60's, the subject matter was very real to him because his brother was a medic and was on the beach at Normandy.
      I understood his main idea and why he would equate freedom that was given to us Americans by the soldiers to the freedom Christ gave on the cross. I just don't know if it was completely appropriate.

  • Andy Unnerstall

    I think it was valid as a way to create a feeling and imagery for the brutality of Christ's sacrifice. D-day is something we have images and first-hand accounts of, and as a culture it is something we take very seriously. So in that context, in relating the gravity of the situation, I'm okay with it. But I also agree that if we using such examples to compare the value of defending something as vague and fleeting as political freedom to creating eternal salvation for the entirety of humanity, we're venturing into dangerous territory.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/klreed189 klreed189

      Great Point Andy. That is what I was feeling as well. I think using the imagery and the emotion of D-Day was a way to give us some sort of emotion to the cross. I think the lines need to be explained very clearly though.
      It was an interesting way to try and show the magnitude of forgiveness and freedom from fear.

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  • http://brennanloveless.wordpress.com Brennan

    geez, i just had written something out and it got deleted accidentally.
    Basically, Andy made my thoughts very clear.