*Before we get started folks, this is indeed a true story.
One afternoon, a pastor caught two men trying to steel copper tubing from the air conditioner outside of his church. The pastor goes to his SUV, pulls out a semi-automatic weapon and order the men to stop.
The two men(ages 50 and 34) took off running and hop into a pickup truck.
But the pastor does not stop there. We can assume he is frustrated(wouldn’t we all be?)
And so he fires at least 8 shots and now one of the thieves has two bullets lodged in his head and I am unsure if he is alive or dead.
The verdict from the online community?
The pastor is innocent.
I have to think about this one.
We have allowed our flesh to interpret the bible.
I will venture to say that as a human being I hate being lied to, stolen from, made fun of, etc. But what is the Christian way, the Jesus way to appropriately respond to worldy, wicked events?
Any Scripture can fulfill the fleshly desire to harm someone if you look close enough. People on Google Plus have supported this pastor by saying, “Good for him” or, “Jesus said to purchase our weapons”
The devil knew scripture too. Remember when he tried to use it against Jesus for his own evil purposes?
Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:
‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’
‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ (Matthew 4:1-11)
Out of all the Scriptures we can find on peace, why do we stick to the one about Jesus telling His apostles to purchase swords?(Luke 22:35 NIV). Here is a piece of what I posted on G+ concerning “Jesus allowing us to weapons whenever”:
The entire passage if taken literally or for today’s time would fly in the face of Acts 4:25-31, 8:1-3, 9:1-2, 12:1-5- the apostles submitted to persecution peacefully, they did not fight with weapons of this world.”(Information originally from “Loveyourenemies.org)
Will there come a time when we have to take up arms or will we have to turn the other cheek forever?
I am not sure.
I do know that the Holy Spirit will lead us and guide us in how to respond to situations. After speaking with my husband about this important matter, we’ve concluded that perhaps Jesus knew the apostles would need physical weapons to defend themselves because of Him. There would be struggles and fights and it is all in the name of Jesus.
But to lodge bullets in someone’s head over copper tubing? Something that can be replaced?
One person on Google Plus agreed that we are to fear the one that can take the body and the soul.