SUMMARY: In his characteristic passionate, engaging style, activist Shane Claiborne frames gun violence as a pro- life issue for Christians.
KEY QUOTE: “We can have all the good theology we want, but if our theology doesn’t move us in love for the most vulnerable people in the ditches of our world then what good is our theology? At the end of the day, we aren’t going to come before God and take a theology test. According to Matthew 25, Jesus isn’t going to say, ‘Okay virgin birth – agree, disagree, or strongly disagree?’ ‘That creation thing was that six days or not?’
“It’s not going to be a theology test. That stuff is important – we can talk about that. We need some good theology. We need doctrinal statements, but at the end of the day, we are going to be asked, ‘When I was hungry did you feed me?’ ‘When I was thirsty did you give me something to drink?’ ‘When I was beat up and left on the side of the road to die did you do something?’ ‘When I was an immigrant or a refugee did you welcome me in?’ We want to be those people.”
DIG DEEPER: We curated four guided learning paths on guns and gun violence to help you learn about the subject through a distinct Christian lens.
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