To me this little portion by Charles Leiter on this subject was quite helpful.http://illbehonest.com/pacifism-and-capital-punishment-charles-leiter?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+illbehonest-global-site-updates+%28I%27ll+Be+Honest+-+Global+Site+Updates%29
Ginnyrose wrote: "And then what happened?"They fell asleep...But more to the point after Malchus' ear was severed, ".. Jesus said to Peter, 'Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?'" (John 18:11)Notice that Peter was instructed to sheath his sword, not get rid of it entirely. There is a time for war and a time for peace (Eccl 3:8). At this particular moment in time, taking up arms could have distracted from God's plan. If Jesus had wanted to state empahtically that passive non-resistance was for all men at all times, this would have been a perfect opportunity to say as much. The context for why Peter was to sheath his sword is the key to the interpretation.Grace and peace,Matthew
When Peter went to Cornelius, he did not tell Cornelius to forsake his role as a Roman Centurion. Cornelius, it is said, was a righteous man. This is one example that comes to my mind right away.