Shalom! A Journal for the Practice of Reconciliation is a quarterly publication of the Brethren in Christ Church. Its mission is to educate and stimulate Christ-like responses to the needs of society by providing biblical, theological, sociological, denominational and personal perspectives on a variety of comtemporary issues.
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Spring 2013, Reducing Gun Violence
We say that only God can enable us to love--even our enemies--and forgive rather than punish those who wrong us. If we believe this, it's a message that is needed more than ever in the world today. Each death caused by a gun symbolizes how important it is for Christians to model Jesus' way of nonviolent love in all our relationships. The rhetoric surrounding guns is strident and polarized, and the issues are controversial and complex. However, relying on guns for security seems fundamentally wrong for Christians. Rather than being ready and willing to use a gun to get our own way, we should choose to pursue peace by doing our best to value all human life, and promote forgiveness, understanding, reconciliation and nonviolent resolution of conflict.