The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
This month’s syncroblog addresses “Guns and Gods” from a faith perspective. See the bottom of this post for blogger’s posts on this topic.
When told of this subject, someone close to me remarked, “Gods and guns? He doesn’t have any.” In evaluating almost everything, I ask myself, “Does this build up or tear down the Holy?” In the case of guns, my answer is a clear “Tear down!”
Like every emotional matter, my answer is colored by personal experience. A favorite teacher who was also a neighbor was gunned down the year after I graduated from high school. Many friends and acquaintances have lost family members to gun violence. I was held up while working at a motel. There are more than a few I know who came thisclose to ending it all at the end of a gun.
In any of these instances, the weapon could have been a different one – an iron pipe, a baseball bat, a drug overdose. What I am most concerned about from a faith perspective is the reason for all this violence.
It seems many people have died spiritually. You need not be “religious” or go to service every week to still have a sense of the Holy. You need not call yourself a Christian to believe that life is worth living. But when services and Christians do nothing to foster a sense of Holy both inside and outside their buildings, but focus more on “butts in seats” and building larger buildings, these services and these Christians have failed.
Too many religious people focus on getting ready for the second coming or forcing gratitude for Christ’s bloody death for all of our sins instead of the message of hope contained in all traditional religious literature. Too many of us – and I am including myself – turn a blind eye to poverty, inequality, racism, sexism, gentrification and misuse of holy texts, instead of doing the hard work of not just saying “enough!” but actually creating solutions to counter these aspects of our society that cause spiritual death.
The one question we asked each other every week in my covenant discipleship group in seminary was, “How is it with your soul?” Asking this question, and honestly listening for the answer – in body language and not just words – could go a long way to healing all of us.
Together, not in a Pollyanna way, but in a united, intentional way, we truly have the power to demolish strongholds. And we don’t need guns to do it.
Other bloggers’ posts:
- Jeremy Myers – Why I Joined the NRA
- Chris Jefferies – The Gun of Self-Defence?
- Glenn Hager – Gun God
- Carol Kuniholm – Guns, God, Mercy
- Gibby Espinoza – Gun Control?
- Liz Dyer – Turn the Other Clip, This One is Empty
- Marta Layton – Christian Ethics at the National Review and the Dish
- Kathy Escobar – What Do We Want to be Known For?
- Yeshua Hineni – Guns and G-d