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Interesting article, Andrew. It brings out a long-standing struggle inside me. I am less troubled by the verse references on gun sights than I am by the fact that Jesus is ONE with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - the God who did not hesitate to flood the earth, send his chosen people to wipe out entire cities/nations and who is promising to send the earth up in flames! Our God is a consuming fire, but what is Jesus then and what should we make of passages like this: "I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war....Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet....The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh (Rev. 19:11-21) But the other equally difficult issue at hand is: Did Jesus call his followers to radical surrender to everyone including those who seek to harm us. I personally am not ready to accept it and the manufacturer of the sights isn't either. Could it be that sometimes we are forced to do evil to prevent greater evil? Like for example opposing the Nazis during WWII? To put it in concrete terms: are the Poles more evil for standing up to Hitler than the Czechs who didn't? Is it more honorable to surrender to evil or to fight against it? To complicate things further: In the past God endorsed some who were warriors. "And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised...whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies (Heb 11:32-35). My honest struggle.
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Feb 3, 2010