It would surprise literalists to find that we as a culture and nation ascribe to the ethic, “Violence is not the answer.” Violence is the answer to a lot of questions that we don’t ask. “What is the proper way to maintain the hegemony of our national agenda?” “What is going to stop protests that disrupt commerce?” “What is the best way to resolve a conflict with someone bigger than you?” The United States devotes more to military spending than any other industrialized nation in the world. When we have all of this equipment, we should use it! And we do—the United States is bombing eight countries right now. Then, when it’s surplused, we sell it to local municipalities for their police. And when you have all this equipment…
We do not overtly ask the questions where violence is the answer because we do not want to address how violence has infected our lives and the Body of Christ.
This Sunday, we will look at the story of Abigail, a woman who gives up everything in order to prevent a massacre. May it speak to us as it has for 2600 years!