our father.

mjkimpan  —  August 24, 2012 — 16 Comments


tragic news this morning from two cities – CNN reports gunfire outside the empire state building in new york city and the chicago tribune reports 19 shot dead overnight in my hometown of chicago.

as i posted the above links on my facebook page, almost immediately a topic came up :: gun control.

a friend of mine suggested the answer to the shootings is the concealed carry.  despite the fact that i grew up in a home with guns (an undisclosed family member has several vaults full of shotguns, hunting rifles,  pistols, laser sights on semi-automatics and automatic weapons) and enjoy shooting myself, as a follower of jesus i have concerns with that response.

is the answer to violence more violence?

what does jesus say?

i don’t find it coincidental that the post for today includes the following video. as we wrestle with the recent tragedies across our nation involving guns and violence, consider these thoughts from brian mclaren as he raises some questions about our understanding of the kingdom God.

it’s worth watching.

what do you think about the questions mclaren raises concerning jesus and the kingdom?

how does this perspective shape and inform our conversation concerning violence in our society?

comments? questions? rebuttal?