Ears, Guns + Violence

When the other disciples saw what was about to happen, they exclaimed, “Lord, should we fight? We brought the swords!” And one of them struck at the high priest’s slave, slashing off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this.” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. - Luke 22:49-51

There is a point where events often tragedy causes us to evaluate what we believe and why we believe it. This week, a mass shooting happened the US. 500 hurt. Over 50 killed. 

There are no words. 

What does it say when the best commentary of where we are as a society is that we get the most compelling speeches and calling for change from comedy shows. From Jimmy Kimmel to Trever Noah to Steven Colbert; they are all using their times, their stages to say one thing; enough is enough. They are calling for action. Change.  Not the poilicians, the people in charge…. the comedians. And I think that should have us concerned; that the only way we can deal with the reality of today is from comedy shows.

Recently in my timeline, someone posted, “Australia still has violent crime. Just because they made it illegal to by assault weapons, doesn’t mean there isn’t gun violence” 

Really? 

When your personal safety is your number one concern, the kingdom of God can not be.

How can I say that? I mean, who am I to even say that? 
And enter the ‘What about’ or ‘What if’ statements. “What if a burglar breaks into your house! You wont kill him? After all, the bible says ‘do not murder,’ it doesn’t say do not kill” 

Right….. See here is the thing; if someone breaks into your house, and you are actually home, I am not sure what you or I would do. We all hope that this never happens and for about 99.9% of us, it never will.  But having a gun, in your house does not help. All it does it make sure you are ready to kill someone if they disturb your sense of security, if they invade your space or threaten you.

But when you are a Jesus follower…. what then?

When you submit your life to follow the teachings of Jesus…. 
Do you think Jesus would say, “Yeah its cool to kill someone if you ‘feel’ threatened!” 
We want our pound of flesh for someone invading our safety. 
We want to eradicate any notion that the world is not what we want it to be. 
We are just, like, Peter.

Peter wants his piece of flesh. 
He wants to physically fight, to kill for his saviour. 
It is honourable, but wrong.
I think we all would want to do the same, and we would be wrong.

Jesus says, “No more of this”
Jesus is against violence. 
He heals the broken, binds their wounds. 

If you are a Jesus follower, a christian and you want to advocate for guns, maybe you should honestly ask the overused and cliche question, WWJD? Because I have the feeling many of us would like to follow Jesus after the just war theology was introduced and wars were fought in “God’s name” which killed thousands for a piece of land (aka the crusades). Rather than the beginning where people we killed, hung on crosses and died simply because they believed the message of Jesus.

War. In the name of a non-violence message of Jesus. It does not work. 

Maybe you have never thought about this and I hope this helps have positive and honest discussion, but you can’t have the discussion if you are too busy cutting off ears. 

Why advocate for guns? 
Why would you think it is a ‘right’ to have power to kill? 

Jesus… says…. No more. 

We all have a choice in this world of how we should live. 
Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers” and we all should be looking to do just that. 
We Need this message of hope, life and love not advocating for guns! 
We need reconcilers and people to forgive when there is no reason to forgive. 

“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. - Matthew 6:14-15

the story continues…