Violence

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My friend Clay and I decided to go and eat at a restaurant. On the way, I was driving in the right hand lane, when a car in the left lane start zigzagging. I think what happened was that he started to pull into the right lane (without signaling of course). I must have been in his blind spot and when he saw me, he jerked the car back into his lane. At that point, I slowed and allowed him into the right lane. When he pulled into my lane, he gave me the finger. (It is always nice to do something polite and get the finger.) He slowed his car immediately to a crawl and I honked my horn. With that he stopped his car and in the middle of the road started getting out of his car. I guess, to come back and give me a piece of his mind. Clay asked, “What are you going to do?” To which I responded, “drive around him.” I simply pulled around him and drove off. He was left standing in the road. Someone like that is not going to define how I respond.

Violence is to be found everywhere. Just before the Flood, God says, “Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence.” (Gen 6:11) Violence was and is adhered by God. “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. For Jesus, whose name the Church professes and whose life it tries to exemplify, violence is not an appropriate human response to conflict.

Two little boys were fighting in the bedroom. When their mother entered, one boy quickly announced, “Mom, it all started when he hit me back.” Rarely, is there a justification for violence. Turning the other cheek or walking away is the best Christian response.

One thought on “Violence

  1. Kathy Allen

    I like your response. Violence is never justified just because someone acts poorly first. Ignore the behavior and say a prayer for the person. Never know what’s going on in their lives to make them act hateful.

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