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Christ did say to his disciples in Luke, " . . . he who does not own a sword, let him sell his coat and buy one." And it was Jesus Christ that made a whip out of brambles and drove the moneychangers from the temple. I could have said "essentially" pacifistic to provide myself leverage if I thought I had needed that - but in all actuality His teachings of continual forgiveness, turning the other cheek and asserting that His kingdom is not of this world and that His followers should not fight physically for the cause (in John 18:36) affirms the essence of His teachings as pacifism. To assert that there is always another way to act before resorting to violence would be "pacifism" as the context of the word has been lexically (not culturally) understood - my Webster's says that it means "opposition to war or violence", which would indeed describe the Prince of Peace! But you are right in questioning, since polarization in our culture leaves no room for any middle ground. In truth, what you feel led to do for your nation is a different matter altogether, albeit one that comes under manipulation quite often.

In the end, as Paul puts it, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord."