After the Las Vegas massacre at the hands of one madman, many are searching for answers — specifically, who to blame? Do we blame Republicans for lax gun restrictions? Do we blame the gun industry and the NRA? Or, do we simply blame the madman who killed over 50 people from the 32nd floor of a hotel room and injured over 500?
John Pavlovitz, a 20-year pastor who regularly blogs on issues, wrote a powerful post on his blog, stating that the Jesus he worships is not the same Jesus that Republican pro-gun advocates worship. He wrote about the way they claim to know what Jesus’ teachings really mean and attempt to speak for him.
‘I turned on the T.V. today and saw the horrible news: They’ve kidnapped Jesus at gunpoint.
‘Not terrorists or Atheists or Muslims or career criminals—but American Christians.
‘The image on the screen is heart-wrenching and horrible to witness.
‘They’ve got guns in their hands and Scriptures on their lips, and they’re violently twisting his words until I can’t even recognize them anymore.
‘They’re wearing holsters and crosses, bullets and Bibles.
‘They stand there, surrounding him, claiming to speak for him.
‘They yell a lot about freedom, but it doesn’t sound at all like the kind he spoke about, at least not from the stories his friends wrote about him.
‘They shout and beat their chests, they raise their barrels to the sky in proud defiance, saying we’ll have to pry them from their “cold dead hands”—and tell us that Jesus is good with it all.’
He then wrote that, although he could shut down the GOP who claim to act in his name, he doesn’t because he has mercy on them. He then went on to describe some of Jesus’ teachings and how they aren’t in line with the GOP belief that a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun.
‘He made it clear that “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”, would leave us all only blind and toothless; helpless and disfigured—ever darkened and groping vainly for the path.
‘He chastised the one who used the sword in his defense, even though doing so would take him to a place of unearned horror, undeserved agony, unnecessary torture.’
Pavlovitz’s blog post should serve as a reminder to the Christian right that waving guns around is not what Jesus taught his followers. However, they would probably have a ready argument to debate that. What’s interesting to wonder though is what would Jesus think if he walked on Capitol Hill and walked amongst representatives and senators who tried to argue that being able to obtain guns easily is a Second Amendment right? It’s easy to imagine that he would not be happy with the men who scream their devotion to him from the rooftops. However, based on the teachings of Jesus, he’d extend his forgiveness regardless — something Republicans aren’t very good at.
You can read the rest of his post here.
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