Give us Barabbas!
Whenever I see American Christians™ supporting war, speaking about how their enemies deserve to be destroyed, praying for God's covering on those dropping bombs on innocents, praying for the deaths of those of other religions, saying that there is a point where you don't forgive, that people should be caged for their sexual orientation, and even going so far as attacking those of us who preach the non-violent, all inclusive, forgiving, Love filled, message of Jesus, I hear on their voices...
"Give us Jesus Barabbas! Give us Jesus Barabbas! Give us Jesus Barabbas! Give us Jesus Barabbas! Give us Jesus Barabbas! Give us Jesus Barabbas!*"
We must break free from this destructive belief system that has infected those that should intimately know Him.
*Barabbas's name appears as bar-Abbas in the Greek texts of the gospels. It is derived ultimately from the Aramaic בר-אבא, Bar-abbâ, "son of the father". Some ancient manuscripts of Matthew 27:16–17 have the full name of Barabbas as "Jesus Barabbas" and this was probably the name as originally written in the text. Early church father Origen was troubled by the fact that his copies of the gospels gave Barabbas' name as "Jesus Barabbas" and declared that since it was impossible he could have had such a holy name, "Jesus" must have been added to Barabbas' name by a heretic. It is highly likely that later scribes, copying the passage, removed the name "Jesus" from "Jesus Barabbas" to avoid dishonour to the name of Jesus the Messiah.