The Transformative Power of Gospel Nonviolence
by Jerry Robinson

In our world today, where the drumbeats of war and violence echo from every corner, the message of Jesus Christ stands as a beacon of radical hope and transformation. After many years of reading, studying, and teaching the scriptures, I’ve come to recognize the profound necessity of revisiting one of Jesus’s most revolutionary teachings: nonviolence.

The concept of nonviolence, as taught by Jesus, isn’t merely a passive resistance or a simple avoidance of physical violence. It is an active stance against injustice, a powerful form of love that seeks to disarm the heart of the oppressor without harming the oppressor themselves.

This is the love that Jesus demonstrated on the cross, a love that refuses to retaliate but instead seeks reconciliation and healing.

Understanding Gospel Nonviolence

Gospel nonviolence challenges us to look beyond the surface, urging us to see not just with our eyes but with our hearts. When Jesus preached, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44), he wasn’t proposing an impractical ideal. He was setting the foundation for a kingdom built on the principles of unconditional love and forgiveness. This radical idea asks us to see the image of God in everyone, even those who wish us harm.

The importance of this teaching cannot be overstated, especially in a world that often glorifies power and retaliation. The cycle of violence can only be broken by those courageous enough to follow Jesus’s example, choosing love and peace over hatred and violence.

The Misconceptions Surrounding Christian Violence

Many have misconstrued the message of the gospel to justify violence in the name of God, justice or defense. However, a careful reading of Jesus’s life and teachings reveals a different narrative. Jesus rejected the use of violence for any reason, emphasizing instead the power of turning the other cheek and walking the extra mile.

This stance is not a sign of weakness but of incredible strength and discipline. It requires us to confront our own desires for revenge and to trust in God’s justice, even when it seems counterintuitive.

By choosing nonviolence, we align ourselves with the heart of the gospel of peace, embodying the very essence of Jesus’s ministry.

Living Out Gospel Nonviolence Today

The principles of gospel nonviolence are not just theoretical ideals; they are practical, actionable truths that can transform our lives and our world. Whether it’s in our personal relationships, our communities, or in the broader societal conflicts we face, the teachings of Jesus offer a path to peace and reconciliation.

Living out gospel nonviolence means advocating for justice without contributing to the cycle of violence. It means forgiving others, not because they deserve it, but because we are all in need of grace. It’s about building bridges where walls once stood and healing the wounds of division with the salve of compassion.

Announcing “The Gospel of Peace” Webcast Series

The Gospel of Peace: Transforming Hearts and Minds

It is with these reflections in mind that I am thrilled to announce a new weekly webcast series, “The Gospel of Peace,” starting this Monday at 8 PM CT. This series is born out of a deep desire to explore the richness of Jesus’s teachings on peace and to challenge the misconceptions surrounding Christian violence.

Each week, we will dive into the heart of the gospel, examining topics such as “The Foundation of Nonviolence,” “Love Your Enemies,” “God and Guns,” “War and Peace,” and “Overcoming Evil With Good.” Through live teachings, we’ll engage in discussions that I hope will not only enlighten but also inspire action.

The Gospel of Peace” is more than just a series; it’s a call to rediscover the radical message of Jesus and to live out its implications in our world today. I invite you to join me on this journey, to be part of a community committed to making peace a lived reality.


The path of gospel nonviolence is not the easy road; it’s a path that demands courage, strength, and faith. But it is also the path that leads to true peace, the peace that Jesus came to bring. As we look forward to the start of “The Gospel of Peace” webcast series, let us commit to be peacemakers, to be the light in the darkness, and to be the embodiment of Jesus’s love in a world that desperately needs it.

Together, let’s explore the transformative power of gospel nonviolence and discover how we can become instruments of peace in the hands of the Prince of Peace.

In Peace,
Jerry Robinson

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