It’s the Prince of Peace, Man!

I went to http://www.peacemonger.com.  It’s the website that spearheads the “Co-exist” bumper sticker and t-shirt campaign.  If you visit their site you will see that they sell numerous stickers that advocate for Hinduism or “religious pluralism.”  When they have “Jesus” stickers they are usually condescending, or simply cut-off any aspects of the Gospel narratives that pertain to Jesus being divine, a miracle worker, the Savior of the World, and a harsh judge (which he did quite a lot).

I bought a sticker from their site that says, “It’s the Prince of Peace.”  It has an image of Jesus flashing a “peace sign.”  What exactly does this mean?  Was Jesus a hippie who dropped acid and listened to Hebrew jam bands (I know a stereotype of the 60s counter-culture, so I am committing the same error that this sticker is, but I am trying to figure out what the sticker means.)?  In the context of “Co-exist” and other pluralistic messages from Peace Monger, I think the sticker is trying to say that Jesus is the Prince of Peace, so he wouldn’t be judging other religions as right or wrong, he’d just be loving, accepting, and tolerant of everyone.  Notice what I just did, I moved tolerance and acceptance into a realm of making no judgment calls on what is true and what is not true, which leads to one of two routes, everything is true or everything is false.

Anyways, here’s a video I shot addressing this sticker’s message (whatever it actually is).  I thought it’d be best to start by sharing where the title for Prince of Peace in relationship to Jesus originates and how Jesus was and is the Prince of Peace from a Christian Biblical worldview.

Note: the video is completely ad-lib.  I went in knowing I would share Isaiah 9 and Matthew 10:34-36.  We shot this like 5-6 times and every time different points and verses were shared and none of the shots had a strong conclusion and usually ended awkwardly.  This was one of the better versions, although there is another one that I really like that I might be able to edit to have a conclusion. That’s why this video ends a little sudden without a strong finish…

I’d love to hear feedback and I hope this is helpful to you.

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