links for today and protecting the church?!!

i found jose calderon’s blog and it is quite funny. he addresses everything from what the practices are like to what it’s like to have jessica alba in the ACC and not have her come visit (although the actor who plays mini-me came for a visit).

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there has been a drastic turn of events in the war on christmas. steven colbert should like this one.

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continuing on with the topic of celebrity blogs, i have found mahmoud ahmadinejad’s (the president of iran) blog. he wishes everyone a merry christmas.

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here’s an interesting article from the star that talks about how the shootings in colorado this past weekend “highlights church security.” what struck me as strange was the attitude of the security guard from new life church. Jeanne Assam had a permit to carry a concealed weapon and it sounds as if she was ex-military.

Some of the U.S.’s estimated 1,200 megachurches – places where more than 2,000 worshippers gather each week – have been quietly beefing up security in recent years, even using armed guards to protect the faithful.

Beefed up security to “protect the faithful”?!

The security plan at New Life Church may seem extraordinary. The church’s volunteer security force is stocked with people with military or law enforcement experience, they carry radios and weapons, and there are evacuation plans for hustling worshippers into “secure zones” in an emergency.

Why are they carrying weapons that can kill? who do they need protection from? how does this fit in with what Paul says: “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing…Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened’,” (1 Pet. 3:9, 13-14). 

How about what Jesus says: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell,” (Mt. 10:28).

This story is really kind of confusing to me. Some of the details, along with things that Assam was quoted as saying, don’t sit quite well. here are a few.

Assam, the security guard, had attended the church’s early service at 9 a.m., then stood watch in the rotunda of the busy church lobby as the second service was getting out. There, she confronted the gunman, who managed to slay two sisters and wound three others before she shot him to death.

was it necessary to shoot him to death? how does this type of action fit in with the teachings of Christ in the gospels?

At a news conference yesterday, Assam said that she prayed for the Holy Spirit to guide her, and that her hands never shook. “It seemed like it was me, the gunman and God,” Assam said.

this really worries me. she prayed that the Holy Spirit would guide her hands as she shot a young, confused man to death? is this the business that the Holy Spirit is into? is she kidding herself? what the heck are people being taught in churches these days? how does this vibe with Jesus telling us to love our enemies and turn the other cheek? what about that scripture that Paul wrote about not having fear and repaying evil with blessing? is a bullet a blessing?

this was such a tragic day in colorado. but this young man was not evil beyond redemption. i’m just left wondering if he had to lose his life and if this was a good response from the church?

thoughts?

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2 comments
  1. Beth said:

    on the church security thing – let me just say, I agree with your questioning whole-heartedly. The sad thing is most North Americans today would probably not have even blinked while reading that article.

    do you identify with pacifism then?

  2. jt* said:

    i’m not sure what i really identify with.

    one thing that i don’t identify with is deciding which lives are of more value than others.

    i also don’t identify with making this young man out to be the “bad guy”.

    i guess what it comes down to is that i have trouble reconciling actions like this with Jesus’ COMMAND to turn the other cheek and to love one’s enemy.

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