Anatomy of Self-Defense

Righteous and Wicked Defense

When is it okay for a Christian to defend themselves?

Is their a difference between defending oneself against physical attack and slander?

After all, isn’t self-defense an inalienable right?

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

And what about Jesus, doesn’t he get a say?

You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil.… Continue Reading

No More Justice

Every person on the planet agrees that #Ferguson is a mess. Red and yellow, black and white; we all want resolution.

Every person on the planet wants justice.

But why is appealing for justice so unsatisfying and divisive?

Justice is far from us

Therefore justice is far from us, and righteousness does not overtake us; we hope for light, and behold, darkness, and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.

We grope for the wall like the blind; we grope like those who have no eyes; we stumble at noon as in the twilight, among those in full vigor we are like dead men.… Continue Reading

Dinah, Downton Abbey, and the Justice of God

Let me setup a story for you. The main character is a momma’s boy, he’s fearful and bends to the will of every man he encounters, and the women in his life get everything they desire for good and for ill.

Similarities aside, I’m not speaking about Lord Grantham. This guy works hard for a shady step-father, escapes in the night, sleeps with no less than 4 women (whenever and for whatever purpose they want), eventually fathering 12 sons (and 1 daughter is mentioned; more on her later), he fears family reunions, and capitulates to his wicked neighbors amidst the most horrible of situations.… Continue Reading