Why are we so quick as a society to defend the use of violence? To see it as the logical way to resolve issues? To see it as the only way to solve issues?
Why do we resort to violence? Whether that is physical or verbal violence. We use imagery in violent ways too. Depictions of people and shows of strength. All designed to get others to comply with our wishes. Doesn’t matter if we are talking about our personal wishes or a national interest.
Why are we so quick to glorify the use of violence? To make heroes out of those who force their way and get what they want through violence?
Violence has been the norm for much of human history. But it isn’t the best solution to conflict resolution. It’s not even a good solution. It’s not really a solution at all. When violence is induced, all we create are victims of that violence. Victims who hold a grudge and look for the opportunity to inflict violence on those that inflicted it on them. And so the circle goes. It doesn’t end unless someone breaks that cycle, lets go of the need for revenge, and offers an alternative.
Why are we so quick to glorify greed? To applaud hoarding of wealth? To say that the super wealthy are people to look up too?
Why are we so quick to say that success is about having more stuff and resources than others? As if we aren’t connected with others?
Why are we so quick to think that this is a good thing, or the only way that the world operates?
Why are we so quick to think these things and in the same breath claim to be followers of Jesus? How does believing in and defending the use of violence match up with the way of Jesus? Doesn’t he offer a different way? Didn’t he live that alternative – right up through the end of his earthly life? And doesn’t he call on his followers to follow him in that way? So how does the use and defense of violence fit into that?
How does believing in and defending the hoarding of wealth and power match up with the way of Jesus? Doesn’t he offer a different way? Didn’t he live that alternative and challenge those who preferred hoarding? Doesn’t he call on his followers to follow in his way? So how does the defense and belief in hoarding wealth fit into Jesus’ way?
They don’t. Can we just be honest about that? And then start living as followers of Jesus when we claim that we are?