Saturday, November 6, 2010

Once Again, The Way It's Supposed to Work

Look, I'm a Christian.  I make no attempt to hide that.  That does not mean, however, that I am a doormat.  Likewise, I don't condone doormat thinking.  Everyone should have the right to defend themselves.  And those who choose to commit a life-threatening crime have a right to die for their choice.

Head on over to Massachusetts and stop by Jay G's blog, if you don't already.  (Don't panic, you won't have to disarm or anything).

Lead Beats Paper.


Sailorcurt said...

Some Christians (myself included) contend that not only is defending oneself (the Temple of God) and other innocents from evil is not only acceptable and proper, but is mandated by scripture.

I can't find the links I saved on the subject off-hand and I don't have time to look, but rest assured, you're not a lone voice in the wilderness.

Jon said...

Heh. As a Christian, one of the most interesting conversations I ever overheard in the church lobby was about what ammunition was the best for a home defense weapon, to avoid penetrating walls and hitting bystanders/family, but still powerful enought to take down the invader.

Lawyer said...

Curt: The verse that comes to mind for me is 1 Timothy 5:8. "But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

I'm no Greek scholar, but, based on my understanding, the word "provide" has as part of its origin the concept of observation, understanding, and thinking ahead; to foresee.

This for me speaks of taking responsibility for all their needs, including their need for security. That's not solely the man's role, for sure, but a man who does embrace that is less than an unbeliever.

Jon: The scary thing, I guess, is that I've had the same conversation, too!