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In the wake of the Aurora massacre, some have speculated that things would have turned our much differently had someone in the crowd been “packing heat.” I suspect this is true–just not quite how these well-meaning souls surmised.
In the chaos and confusion of a darkened theater, and against an adversary bedecked in body armor, I suspect more innocents would have died had someone else started shooting. That said, I do not oppose the right to bear arms, nor am I a pacifist. I believe there is a time to resist evil, to defend the innocent, to take a life if need be.

I do not come to the position lightly. And some would contend that as Jesus did during His passion, we must always passively resist evil. But I do not believe that dying daily necessarily entails actually dying could it be avoided. Christ Himself left regions where His life was threatened before His time.

He is also the same Jesus who cleansed the temple with a whip of cords.

He is the same Jesus who appeared to Joshua outside Jericho (in a Christophany) as the “commander of the Lord’s armies.” Furthermore, the Bible tells us that “Jesus Christ [is] the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Thus presumably, He was the same second Person of the Trinity when the Children of Israel began their conquest of the promised land at God’s behest.

Because Jesus came as a “suffering servant” during His earthly ministry, His mission was one of redemption; however, when He returns, He is coming as a conquering King. In the clouds, on a steed, with a sword. Bringing judgment.

In the meantime, while we await His return, what do you suppose He requires of us? We must resist evil. Sometimes, as with the civil rights movement of the 1960’s, a passive resistance is indeed the best course of action. Compare and contrast, for instance, the methods of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr with those of the Black Panthers. Which was more effective? Dr. King’s–because he knew that passive resistance would shame his adversaries.

And he was right. The rest of the country beheld the shameful acts being perpetrated on the peaceful protesters, and they were up in arms.

Non-violence was indeed the appropriate course of action then. But suppose the situation is more personal? Suppose it is your wife and children who are directly threatened? What do you do? Do you turn the other cheek?

Do you say to the assailant “When you’re finished hitting my wife, here are my cheeks for you to strike? Sure, go ahead, assault my kids. I’m waiting.”

Ridiculous, right?

That is not the time for a non-violent response, for evil to be passively resisted. You would be in there, no matter your convictions, fighting tooth and nail. To the death if need be. Because what do you suppose God would think of you if you stood by, allowed your spouse to beaten, assaulted, raped?

There’s a word for being passive in such a scenario: cowardice.

Why do suppose that the story of Peter Parker, as told in the Spider-Man comics and movies, resonates so strongly with us? Because, though he had the ability, though his inaction Peter’s Uncle Ben died. He could have prevented it, but didn’t. “With great power, comes great responsibility,” he is told.

What does the Bible tell us? “To whom much is given, much is required.”

And this may one day mean, for some of us, giving up our lives to protect the innocent, as we actively resist evil.

What did Cain ask God? “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The answer then, as now, is yes. We must watch out for one another.

What do you think? Have you ever been called upon to act in a life-threatening situation?

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Hi! I know you came here for humorous send-up in tribute to a fellow blogger. Believe me: there are plenty of folks out there to “hate.” (And their time is indeed coming).

That said, today I’d like to get some things off my chest. What I mean is: today I’ll be sharing some things I really hate. For reals–no joke. These are things that piss me off.

(Forgive me if I sound curmudgeonly, but I’m entitled; I’m 42). 😉

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So, this past weekend, Jon Acuff hosted his first ever Quitter Conference (based on his book of the same name). Aside from having a serious case of “Quitter envy,” my weekend was a pretty good one. In fact, I drowned said envy (wherein I compare my beginning to some more successful soul’s middle) the watching of films.

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On Friday evening, my wife and I had our first date night in sometime, and saw the new Steve Carrell movie, Crazy, Stupid, Love. From the trailers, it appeared to be “yet another romantic comedy,” of which men, if you’re married (or soon to be married), you are contractually obligated to see a certain number of. (This number to be determined by your spouse/significant other).

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Listen. Come a little closer. That’s right–here around the corner. I need to tell you something.

Please keep this in confidence, okay?

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Creative Setbacks

randomlychad  —  May 13, 2011 — 1 Comment

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As you may know, if you follow me on Twitter, this week I received a rejection letter of sorts from one of my blogging heroes, Jon Acuff.

I wanted to be sad about it, but found that urge to write my next post was greater than the desire to wallow. It’s not that it wasn’t a good piece–it was–but more that it wasn’t a satirical piece. Stuff Christians Like is a blog that takes a satirical look at modern Christian culture. My mistake was writing a serious piece about the impact Jon’s new book, Quitter, was having on me, and submitting it for use on a satirical blog. Jon was right in turning my piece down: it didn’t fit his stated mission.

Time was, I would have taken this personally–as a rejection of me–instead of a rejection of the work.

And that’s the crux of it: the work. I love it. I love sitting down, sometimes not even knowing what I’m going to say, and yet still having something pour forth on the page. It never ceases to amaze me!

I’m never going to be everyone’s cup of tea–and I’m OK with that now. The work is the only validation that I need–it’s what drives me, makes me continue even when I don’t feel like it. Because making something from what was mere gossamer thought is a total rush!

So, writers, artists, creatives, there will be setbacks, but they are not obstacles, just stepping stones, teaching tools sent to guide us to greater heights.

My question to you is: what do you do when “the resistance” wants to mop the floor with you? What drives you?