SUMMARY: Addressing policing, racism, and guns, co-hosts Chris Ridgeway and Adam Graber take a look at guns from a technological perspective and attempt to answer the question– are guns a technological force for good? If they are or are not, what are the implications for Christians?
KEY QUOTE: “The Christian ethical question for a long time has been, ‘Okay, what do we do now?’ Right now there are bad guys. There is someone who may want to rob your house. If that other person has a gun, should I have a gun? Should cops have guns to combat that? Some Christians have said, ‘Well, right now it is almost a necessary evil. We have to have that in a fallen world.’ And other Christians have said, ‘No, you turn the other cheek.’
“If they take your cloak, you give them your tunic as well. Violence begets violence, and if you turn away with peace, that is the beginning of peace. And Jesus, when we look at his death and the violence against the son of God, the whip and the cross, he doesn’t stand up and start a fight. He doesn’t start a revolution. He remains silent. He absorbs the violence instead of retaliating.”
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