Fight: A Christian Case for Non-Violence →
Out of all the books I read last year, this one rocked me more than any other.
I grew up in a small town in Kansas. You know those gun-toting religious folk they talk about? That’s us.
It was always assumed that violence for a good end could be good. Self defense, for example, is obviously okay — especially when protecting your family. Most people I know from my tiny town would praise the man who wields a gun to stop the home intruder. They would consider it wrong, or at least stupid, to not have a gun in your home for that very reason.
I’ve spent a good amount of time questioning those ideas, wondering if self-defense, war, and the like can really be good things. Or are they beliefs spilling over from our American need to protect ourselves and our country?
Nothing made me question those beliefs more than this book, and it left me reeling. I don’t know if I land on the side of complete non-violence quite yet, but I’ve been seriously leaning.
This book is a well written, well argued, biblical approach to the question of violence and the Christian. And every Christian, especially in the age we live now, would do well to listen — even if the author is wrong.
And if he’s right… well… we have a lot of explaining to do.