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Warriors for Christ?

post #1 of 80
Thread Starter 
I see this term more and more lately, and I have to confess...


I don't get it.

Seriously, would someone mind explaining this idea to me? To me, this is like saying, "Vegetarians for Meat!" or "Rappers for Manilow!"
post #2 of 80
probably means like "spiritual warriors for Christ or something, fighting against evil...
post #3 of 80
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Originally Posted by Foxxymama
probably means like "spiritual warriors for Christ or something, fighting against evil...
Actually, yeah. Without the nuts part though
post #4 of 80
I just figure there one of those annoying people who hand out tracts and go door to door trying to push there beliefs on people.
post #5 of 80
Gently.
post #6 of 80
Oooh boy.


I imagine they mean it in a spritual sense as opposed to a literal one. I don't think they are out there donning war gear and weaponry in the name of Christ. It's just a guess (err hope) though. I didn't read all the way through these but a google search finds this:
Warriors for Christ Warrior 4 Christ
post #7 of 80
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Originally Posted by Charles Baudelaire
.... "Rappers for Manilow!"


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post #8 of 80
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Originally Posted by AdinaL
Gently.

What? We happen to have some very agressive pushers in my area and they call themselves the same thing.
post #9 of 80
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To me, this is like saying, "Vegetarians for Meat!" or "Rappers for Manilow!"
Or as a fellow camel enthusiast likes to say - "screwing for virginity".
post #10 of 80
They mean :
Folks fighting for good, supernaturally empowered.

(I used to be Christian. Now I'm an atheist. I think.)
post #11 of 80
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Originally Posted by Satori
I just figure there one of those annoying people who hand out tracts and go door to door trying to push there beliefs on people.
Well, it's not the Mormons, I can tell you that!! LOL!! But many years ago, some Mormon, maybe it was BYU film department, put a movie out called Saturday's Warrior. It was pretty cool back then, but way so cheesy now.

post #12 of 80
Even as a born again Christian myself , I'm not to sure of what that term means.
post #13 of 80
There's a fairly lengthy theological tradition of describing Christians as "soldiers" for God.

(Battle Hymn of the Republic, anybody? "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword; His truth is marching on..."

Or Onward Christian Soldiers? "Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus, going on before...")

My guess is that "warriors" just sounds cooler than "soldier" to the people making that description. And with the allegiances between the Christian right and the Bush administration and the war in Iraq, there's probably an intentional attempt to connect average Christian with the war.

JMO.

I think it's a crappy, crappy metaphor, BTW, and dangerous and wrongheaded when taken literally. But hey, I'm only a Ph.D candidate in theology, so what do I know?
post #14 of 80
Hey, I like Barry Manilow.

Why isn't this in Spirituality?

And yes, I am sure it is meant in a spiritual sense, not literal.
Not even as a way to connect Christians to Bush and the war...but I was an art major, so what do I know?
post #15 of 80
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Originally Posted by caloli
Or as a fellow camel enthusiast likes to say - "screwing for virginity".
post #16 of 80
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Ephesians 6:12, New International Version
post #17 of 80
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Originally Posted by Penelope

My guess is that "warriors" just sounds cooler than "soldier" to the people making that description. And with the allegiances between the Christian right and the Bush administration and the war in Iraq, there's probably an intentional attempt to connect average Christian with the war.

JMO.

I've heard the phrase all my life (growing up in a christian home), it's a spiritual warfare thing, and it was coined long before GWB was in office.
post #18 of 80
Thread Starter 
I guess that the phrase "warriors for Christ" seems really confusing to me given Christ's very, very clear stance on nonviolence, even to the point of nonresistance to a violent act. To me, this seems like such an odd contradiction in terms (Carnivores for Buddha! Virgins for Christina Aguilera!) -- and a violation of the message Christ was sending, KWIM?

And because it was potentially offensive / critical, I didn't put it in Spirituality -- it seemed to violate the UA.
post #19 of 80
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Originally Posted by Charles Baudelaire
I see this term more and more lately, and I have to confess...


I don't get it.

Seriously, would someone mind explaining this idea to me? To me, this is like saying, "Vegetarians for Meat!" or "Rappers for Manilow!"
hmm not really. have you read revelation?
post #20 of 80
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Originally Posted by Charles Baudelaire
I guess that the phrase "warriors for Christ" seems really confusing to me given Christ's very, very clear stance on nonviolence, even to the point of nonresistance to a violent act.
Term that I hear people use more is "prayer warrior"...I like that batter because the Bible talks about how there is a battle in the spiritual realms and how we shoudln't worry about anything, but pray about everything. I find "warriors for Christ" putting a strange picture in my head.
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