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What if the religious community spent as much time addressing violence as it does fretting about same-sex relationships?

Addressing violence, whether in domestic relationships, hate crimes, war or mass murders such as that which took place recently in Roseburg, Oregon, is certainly more important to our personal well-being.

Consider the latter example. The shooting in Oregon was the 142nd school shooting since Sandy Hook in 2012 when six teachers and 20 children were killed.

Political responses to this tragedy were less than impressive. Donald Trump suggested that if the college where the shooting took place hadn’t been a gun-free zone, an armed student or teacher might have taken the shooter down earlier. Ben Carson expanded on this to say that if the Jews had been armed, the Holocaust might not have happened.

Here’s My Take: One might argue that if Jesus had been armed, he would not have been arrested and crucified. That did not happen. Instead we have the Prince of Peace who said, “All who take the sword will perish by the sword.” (Matt. 26:52)

Today, the real abomination to God is not about sexual preferences. It’s about violence and our failure to challenge the “gun proliferation” mentality.

Arming more people can never bring peace. This is the message of faith.

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