By Shane Claiborne | Watch | 41m
Published in July of 2018

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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SERMON: Biblical and Moral Reasons for People of Faith to Speak Up and Act to Stop Gun Violence

In a moving sermon pastor James Atwood draws a straight line between how many Christians viewed slavery before the Civil War to how many Christians currently view and react to gun violence. He says many Christians say gun violence has nothing to do with ethics, it has nothing to do with morality, and nothing to do with spirituality. That gun violence is a political issue and we should just stay out of it. Atwood forcefully calls out those statements as a failure to love our neighbors and treat everyone in the Image of God. Additionally he points out that in Mark 12 Jesus points out that to love God is to love our neighbor. We cannot love God without loving our neighbor. Atwood ends the sermon with six spiritual, moral, and ethical reasons why Christians need to speak up and act to stop gun violence.

SERMON: Lament the Violent

Framing the conversation within the Sermon on the Mount and Psalm 22 pastor Mark Davis of St. Mark Presbyterian (Newport Beach, CA) says that first we must recognize that all violence is a sin and acknowledge the oftentimes persistent role of fear within the human experience. Second, as Christians, we must recognize that we have a civic duty and a spiritual duty. At times those two things are in agreement while at other times they are not. Last, within the realm of the gun/gun violence conversation, our starting point should be the cross, not the Second Amendment.

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