For everyone who hasn’t heard, there was recently a shooter who went on a killing spree at a YWAM base and then later at a church in Colorado. A church member who had a gun took the shooter down and is being called a hero by many, including her pastor. As someone who holds that violence and discipleship are mutually exclusive, this episode is loaded with room for reflection. I thought about writing something, but I’ll link to Greg Boyd’s take on things instead. Here’s a taste:
Every person who has pledged to live in the way of Jesus, rather than the way of the world, but who nevertheless carries (and is willing to use) a gun, for any reason, has to wrestle with this New Testament teaching. For my two cents, I confess I cannot see how the two are compatible. The use of lethal force may at times be justified and heroic by ordinary kingdom of the world standards. But I cannot see how it’s compatible with being a citizen of the Kingdom of God.