Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Do you like it?

I recently led a series of studies on Gun Violence and Gospel Values in adult education classes at five different churches in the Greater Washington area. I often began the sessions by asking, “Do you like violence?” In each instance, there was a provocative, even embarrassing, silence until some honest soul replied, “It depends,” or “Sometimes.” After a few reminders of today’s most popular TV programs, movies and videos, and what we do for recreation, with some reluctance, virtually all of us in four of these groups agreed: in varying degrees, we liked violence. One class, however, refused to say they liked it, though they did confess, “Violence engages us.” We then listed ways violence fascinates or engages us, and how it has become a valued, or at least, an accepted part of our daily lives.—America and Its Guns: A Theological Expose, page 34 (emphasis original)

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Need I say more? It's sin! And it's a sin that needs to be rooted out by the Holy Spirit.
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