Another Sad Example!
For the better part of my Sunday, I felt like things were going really well. Our Sunday morning Celebration Service seemed to go well. The afternoon was warm and sunny. We played games outside, got the yard mowed and even had ice cream sandwiches. I would say that I thought my Sunday was going to go off without a hitch. Then an article popped up on my homepage. Not the article that I wanted to read on a Sunday afternoon.
A 51 year old man is being held in Wichita for the killing of one of the few doctors in the United States that practiced late-term abortions. The doctors wife was serving in the choir of their Lutheran Church. The 67 year old doctor was shot and killed.
Why is it that every time I turn around it seems that the church is giving the world another reason to hate us? When Jesus was on this earth, ministering to people, mentoring disciples and starting a revolution, at what point did we ever see Him take out a gun and start offing people that He thought were deserving of death? Where is that His example anywhere in Scripture?
As the physical life and ministry of Jesus was coming to a close there was an encounter.
It was brief.
It was intense.
It caused bloodshed.
Jesus was about to be arrested by the Jewish people in the Garden of Gethsemane. 600 men with clubs, armed for battle. Led to Jesus by one of His very own, Judas. One of Jesus’ most flamboyant followers takes out a sword and starts cutting people’s ears off. Jesus restrains Him and tells him to put his sword away. Then Jesus reaches down, picks up the severed ear of Evander Holyfield’s ancestor and heals it completely.
Now tell me; where is the example that, whether justified or not, the followers of Christ have the power to do things like this? This is just another sad example of a Christian person who has completely missed the point. Maybe this whole being a “light in the world” thing would be a lot easier if we weren’t running around killing people and trying to justify their deaths in our minds.