The blasphemy of redemptive violence is that we consider ourselves to be God’s chosen people and therefore responsible and entitled to bring violence upon others whose intentions and purposes are, or may be, contrary to ours. When we lead the world in military procurements, it is to maintain the highest of human ideals; when the Russians and Chinese manufacture their tools of violence, it is perceived as warmongering. When we place arms in our bedside tables, we are simply protecting our vulnerable families from “those people” whose values are so out of kilter that they want to do us harm.—America and Its Guns: A Theological Expose, page 65 (emphasis original)
If you look around you, you see this myth operative everywhere. I would say it is the myth we live by—whether right or left, Christian or not. And that is scary!
As I said the other day, if violence is considered an option, it soon becomes the option of choice. And from there it becomes the only option.
Lord! Set us free from our idolatry!