Today, on a day that we pause to remember a man who stood for making a difference without resorting to violent means can we at least pause as Christians and talk about a culture that creates more gun violence rather than less.
I have been saddened by the number of people who I have heard recently who casually speak of buying guns and carrying them around.
While there are some people who are really wresting with the implications of such a choice there are many more who just think, “They have one so I have to have one. They are going to be violent so I have to be violent in return” When did our world become “The Walking Dead?”
And when did Christians become the people who are arguing for an escalation of violence? I know that there are no easy answers and I don’t believe that government intervention stops much of anything, but I also believe that Christians need to take a serious look at what it means to take a life. How can we as a group be so gung-ho about something so life-shattering.
Now please don’t say that I am advocating we all give up guns. This is ‘mercia after all. But what I am saying is that maybe when it comes to violence the first response shouldn’t be “let’s make sure we can be just as violent.”
This is my MLK quote for the day. This is what we teach our children. So why do we act so differently.
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.
So it goes.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.