Many have probably seen the recent video about an Oregon school coach disarming and hugging a student, one who had entered the school with a shotgun and the intent to use the weapon.
What takes place is powerful. But, in our world of cynicism, it is hard to believe this kind of move is the “best” move. Especially in light of much political debate around 2nd amendment gun rights.
Still, I am reminded of these words from author and activist, Shane Claiborne:
“God blesses the peacemakers, not the warmakers.”
It may seem naive to champion this. Congratulate the coach, yes. But champion it as the best way may be pinned as naive.
Remember, these words are based upon the words of the one true king, Christ himself. And what I realize even more is that the words of Jesus will always be difficult to live – even for Christians.
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Our world is riddled with violence. From verbal to physical, personal violence to collective violence such as war. It is everywhere. Our neighborhoods, the news, social media, across national lines, within national lines and more.
So it’s difficult to even consider living a life of non-violence.
Yet, that is the place I found myself some years ago. I was pulled slowly toward the gift of non-violence. And, so, I am now an advocate of non-violence across all areas of life.
Now, let me make clear that, in championing non-violence, I do not consider myself “better” than others. Honestly, I don’t. And if I were to, I’d need to watch it. This is simply the journey I’m on and the position of which I am an advocate. I want non-violence to affect my personal life and I want it to affect the way I live in society.
In all, I have chosen non-violence as a very practical way to live out the peace, or shalom and well-being, of God.
There are three reasons as to why I hold to and look to practice non-violence as best I can. Continue reading
I’ve played the blame game,
Fought real hard to keep my name
It’s a fact.
But the blame game never won me any ears,
Nor any hearts.
It only tore us apart;
Broken, damaged, hurting.
It has never ended working. Continue reading
With all the continued shootings and mass killings that take place in America and around the world, it truly takes a toll on one’s mind and soul. It is deeply disturbing. In light of such, I have continued to ponder the ways of violence being contrary to what we know of God in Jesus, the Messiah.
The words in quotes below come from a man who was once a religious fundamentalist who used violence to get things done for his God.
One day, as he journeyed to violently kill others in the name of his God, his life was altered. He came to find out his violent concept of God was wrong and his message was, thus, changed forever.
Ponder these. Continue reading