Christian Nonviolence

The Serious Problems With Using Ecclesiastes 3 To Justify Christian Support of War & Violence

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail I’ve heard a lot of reasoning over the years regarding Christian support of things like war, violence, and gun slinging. I’ve seen the Bible bent into a giant pretzel, watched folks do theological gymnastics, and I’ve seen the teachings of Jesus on the matter outright dismissed– over, and over again. I thought I had addressed all …

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Please Stop Being Dishonest: Guns Are Not “Just Tools”

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail There is a discussion to be had on America and guns. I think the average person gets this– I mean, it’s pretty hard not to. We have a proliferation of guns and near-daily acts of unspeakable death and violence committed with many of those guns. It seems only reasonable that we, as a nation, …

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Some Serious Questions I Have For All Those “Good Guys With Guns”

13K SharesShare13KTweetPin7Share+1RedditEmail So, you’re a good guy with a gun. I get it. I’ve seen the bumper sticker, heard the slogan a million times, and I even used to be one of you. I’m retired military, was an expert marksman, and was even awarded the Bronze Schützenschnur by the German army. I was a bonafide good …

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Why Exodus 22:2 Doesn’t Work To Justify Armed Self-Defense

2K SharesShare2KTweetPin2Share+1Reddit2Email As one who teaches that Christians are under Christ’s command to love their enemies and refrain from violence against them (Luke 6:27-36, Matthew 5:38-48), I have heard every counter-argument in the book. The paradigm of nonviolent enemy love does not align with with the type of Christianity many of us are born into, …

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Sarah Palin, Our Source For What The Bible “Really” Teaches On Violence?

1K SharesShare1KTweetPin1Share+1RedditEmail On October 30th a new Christian documentary will hit theaters– and I’m excited about it. The Armor of Light is poised to be an excellent conversation starter for a question I’ve long asked: shouldn’t pro-life mean all life? And shouldn’t that mean we talk about our love affair with guns? I was fortunate enough …

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Toddlers Killing With Guns: It’s Not a Gun Issue, It’s a SIN Issue

1K SharesShare1KTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail Earlier this week, the Washington Post reported an issue that’s likely raising some eyebrows: toddler shootings. Now, this isn’t toddlers being shot, but toddlers actually pulling the trigger on someone else. As the Post reported, there have been over 43 shootings by toddlers just this year– that’s an average of one per week. …

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90% Innocent: How America Is Creating Terrorists Faster Than We Can Kill Them

2K SharesShare2KTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail People aren’t born terrorists. No one crawls out of their mother’s womb, finishes weaning and learning how to walk, and then finds their first words to be words of hatred. No one is predestined to become a terrorist, and terrorism isn’t some genetic issue. Rather, terrorists are created out of otherwise beautiful image bearers …

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How To Live Relatively Safely, Without Owning A Defensive Firearm

2K SharesShare2KTweetPin1Share+1RedditEmail I’ve always wondered why the gun lobby seems to keep sending us the message that a gun is the best way to ensure personal and home safety. Strike that– I know why they send the message: the gun lobby sells guns. Despite the fact that having a gun in your home increases your risk …

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6 Billion Reasons Why The American Gun Lobby Loves Them A Good Mass Shooting

4K SharesShare4KTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail I’ll admit it: I’m officially to the point where I believe that the gun lobby in America actually loves mass shootings. I don’t mean that as hyperbole either, I actually think mass shootings are very, very good for them and must be something they rejoice over. Let me explain a bit: A good rule …

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Why Standing Against Islamic Violence Forces You To Rethink Biblical Inerrancy

8K SharesShare8KTweetPin8Share+1RedditEmail I’ve written a fair amount about contemporary issues regarding our relationship with Muslims. As a people group I love dearly and long to minister to for years to come, I have been quick to stand against xenophobia and Islamophobia. In our current climate in American Christianity however, there is fast and hard push-back when …

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