Uvalde Reflections: Guns Were Made for One Thing

One would have to live on another planet to not be aware of the mass shooting that took place yesterday at a school in Uvalde, Texas. Thus far, the tally is 19 children and 2 teachers have died from the attack. This only 10 days after the supermarket shooting in Buffalo in which 10 people were killed.

Sometimes I see things posted about how automobiles, knives, and other such things kill more people than guns do. With that in mind, I want to offer something to reflect on.

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God Blesses the Peacemakers, Not the Warmakers

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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.” Continue reading

Why I Hold to Non-Violence (or Pacifism)

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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 a life of non-violence.

Very difficult.

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