Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Christian Focus: A Shift from Peace to Guns

Tim Suttle, a minister and writer of the blog Paperback Theology, is suggesting that American Christians believe much more strongly in the Second Amendment (at least the Supreme Court's misinterpretation of it) than in the non-violent instruction in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.

In 380 A.D., "The Constantinian Shift [in Rome] meant that Christian identity would no longer be established, narrated, shaped, supported, passed on, and protected by the church, but by the state and the surrounding culture." It became the official religion of the state and forever shifted focus.

Suttle's essay (here)  argues that  the state forever removed the non-violent emphasis of Christianity as expressed so clearly in the Beatitudes: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the Children of God."

"Evidence for how thoroughly this shift has impacted American culture can be seen every time Christians insist that America is a 'Christian nation.' Christians only do this when they don’t believe the church can instill Christian identity in its members. They need the state to do the work.

" ... Christians take many difficult stances against powerful cultural forces. We’re good at it. Why do we ignore Jesus’s call to nonviolence?"

(Graphic: http://www.jesuschristsavior.net/Beatitudes.html)

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