Creation Pacifism seeks peace in the Creation War because Jesus needs not our defense. Responding in peace, rather than seeking political power, declares that nothing in science diminishes Jesus. Nothing here diminishes Him.
The parable of the sacred cow describes a war, provoked by an attack on a sacred cow. We see this parable playing out in ongoing political challenges to evolution public schools. Some see the Creation War and political anti-evolutionism, as defensive efforts to protect Jesus from another’s falsehood. But Jesus is not threatened by mere cows. Our doubt and defensiveness leads us into war. Creation Pacifism, instead, finds comfort in Jesus’ power and confidence in the Gospel’s power in the scientific world.
The parable aligns, in some ways, with a story about Peter and Jesus. The night that Jesus was taken, Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) (John 18:10) Jesus said to him,
Put your sword back in its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way? (Matthew 24:52-54)
And He touched the man’s ear and healed him. (Luke 22:51) Then all the disciples fled, Jesus was taken, and soon He went to the cross.
First and foremost, we see that Jesus does not need our defense. He is not a helpless bystander, in need of our protection. No, He has power beyond our comprehension. Only His own purposes restrain His power on this earth. He does not come to us for protection. Jesus does not need or want us to defend Him with human power. He does not need our political protection. He needs no defense.
Peter thinks he is honoring Jesus by zealously defending Him. Peter thinks the time for war has come. Jesus, however, needs no defense. Not from Peter, not from us, not from anyone. Jesus’ journey was not to political power. No, it was to the cross. And Jesus’ work on the cross was more important than Peter’s ill-timed, zealous courage.
Also, in Jesus’ words, I hear a gentle invitation to end the Creation War. The tourist (in the parable) is like Peter, with his zealous attack in defense of Jesus and against an idol. But Jesus needs no defense, not from the tourist or anyone. He is not threatened by any idol, not even evolution. No, He is the Living God. Certainly, Jesus still calls us to take down our idols. So, let us confront our own idols first, the ones for which we bear responsibility, and find a proper witness in the Gospel.
What sacred cows must we consider? Evolution in public education is one of science’s sacred cows. So is methodological naturalism, a key part of the scientific method. Currently, specific interpretations of Genesis are sacred cows among Christians too. And so is the certainty that there is scientific proof for God. What is the wise role of a Christian here? Prayerfully taking down our sacred cows as idols. Leaving be our neighbor’s cow, and starting instead with Jesus. Here, we a reason to choose peace in the Creation War.