“While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, ‘Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?’ When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, ‘Lord, should we strike with the sword?’ Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, ‘No more of this!’ And he touched his ear and healed him.” Luke 22:47-51

This parable about Jesus, as told by Luke, could be classified (according to John Dominic Crossan) as a challenge parable denouncing violence as a means to an end. In the New Testament, whenever there is some form of miraculous healing, look beyond the action as there is almost always a teaching moment. In this story Jesus is quite emphatic in his response to violence saying “No more of this!” This is an authentic teaching from one who used non-violence as a means for change as well as pointing towards the path of salvation.

Now wait a minute, you may ask, I thought salvation was a personal matter; it’s between me and God. I would argue that salvation is a global matter with the outcome not in one person’s hands, or country for that matter, but a global issue embracing ramifications far beyond religious traditions known to humankind. Jesus’ striking command, “No more of this!” is universal, and a challenge for all humanity. Jesus’ statement held true for his followers including the people of Israel in the first century, and the Roman occupation of his region — one of the reasons he was killed.

“No more of this!” pretty much sums up much of what Jesus taught, but as with many teachings, the challenge has been turned upside down by moral justification and half truths in the name of a moral obligation.

In global power politics there is no morality. Countries can and will use power and might to gain an upper-hand in order to dominate other nations or its own people. An augment using morality as a precursor for violence is false. Small, medium and large scale violence or what is sometimes called atrocities rejects wisdom in favor of an idol named “force.” When a nation trusts in force it says that one way of killing is worse than others without taking into account that all forms of killing are unacceptable. When a nation trusts force it says that it would not get involved if nations use regular weapons to kill one another but draw a line in the sand when more drastic means are used. The reality is that true moral response taught should be “No more of this!”