this went thru my mind (on violence)


Church security: Should Churches Have Armed Security Guards?

“… I can understand why churches — especially mega-churches — have security guards. From my own experience I can testify that public figures sometimes get death threats. But as practically expedient as this is, I think it is antithetical to the Kingdom. Because by doing this, we’re saying we have no intention of following Jesus’ teaching and example if and when we’re threatened.

“I know this may strike some — maybe most — as insane, and I actually respect people who, out of integrity, reject Jesus’ teaching as insane. But for people who have pledged their life to following Jesus, we have no choice but to follow his example, even if it strikes us as insane. For if Jesus’ teaching strikes us as insane, it is only because our criteria of sanity is set by a fallen world that instinctively relies on violence to solve problems.”

Drones: * A Narrative of Drone Strikes [a 20 min. podcast]; * Drone Pilots Are Found to Get Stress Disorders Much as Those in Combat Do

* “… the Bureau of Investigative Journalism said that between 2004 and 2012, 3,325 have been killed by drone strikes, of which 880 were civilians and 176 of those were children.”

* “In the first study of its kind, researchers with the Defense Department have found that pilots of drone aircraft experience mental health problems like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress at the same rate as pilots of manned aircraft who are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.”

Gangs: Chicago Kids Say They’re Assigned To Gangs

” … kids are essentially assigned a gang affiliation. One boy told me a very – a serious kid, a serious athlete, serious about school, he told me, look, I can’t do anything about that. It’s based on where I live. He said I do everything I can to try to minimize it, but I know that I can’t get rid of it. And when that kid goes to get a donut or a hot chocolate at the store, that confronts him. When he goes to school, it confronts him.”

Guns, Jesus & the NRA: What Would Jesus Say to the NRA? by Shane Claiborne

“… let’s imagine. What would Jesus say to our nation, where these are things are true: * 10,000 people die from gun-related homicides each year, that’s one Sandy Hook massacre a day, every day; * there are nearly 90 guns for every 100 people; * there are over 51,000 licensed gunshops (and 30,000 supermarkets); * guns that can shoot 100 rounds a minute, and are only designed to kill, are still legal; * other than auto accidents, gun violence is the leading cause of death of young people (under 20); * 20,000 dollars a second is spent on war.”

Violence: God Doesn’t Build His House by Violence by Brian Zahnd

“We cannot help Jesus repair the world and build the true house of the Lord if we remain fascinated with the violent ways of David the warlord.”

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