Guns and Religion

I wrote this a year ago after the tragic school shooting in Newtown, CT. Since then, our nation has witnessed 23 mass shootings, some of which reignited the public debate over guns. This past week there was a shooting at Purdue University, pretty close to home for me. The rhetoric remains, so I humbly submit this again for your consideration.

Saved Together

(Originally posted on January 17, 2013)

My heart is grieved.
My heart has been heavy over the past weeks and months as I have seen the debate develop surrounding guns and violence in our nation in the wake of the horrific shootings in Newtown, CT. I am not going to use this forum to write about gun laws or lack thereof, nor about the letter or spirit of the 2nd Amendment. I do believe that it is an important conversation for our nation to have. But I must speak only to what has grieved me most – and to what I feel I would be betraying my calling if I didn’t speak to. I must speak to what I see as a spiritual illness evident in how abrasively and vehemently some on the opposing sides have waged their attack. There is a line that is crossed, as Christians, when our…

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