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Monday, September 14, 2015

Christian Assault Rifle


A few days ago, I saw an article about a gun manufacturer selling "Christian assault rifles." Really, something with that label (misnomer) exists. The safety settings are Peace, War, and God Wills It. The words below are my response.

Death machines,
with Scripture engraved
from a psalm,
labelled "Christian."
When ready to kill,
set to "God Wills It."
God wills it?

Did Jesus kill a lot of people?
Or promote killing?
Did I miss that part of the
New Testament?
Or misunderstand?


It was bagels today,
and a sign that said "Breathe."
Joking around and
running fingers through thick hair.

Ice cream yesterday
and chocobananas and stories and
dancing and laughter.
Hugs.

These were the bullets shot
from my
militant
peacemaking,
love-affirming,
life-supporting,
joy-creating
Christian assault rifle.

I got shot, too.
Each time I felt
pain...
released:

A smile.
Invitations to read aloud -
words of peace
and words that are a piece of me.
Compliments
(even though I dodged some).
Gummy chews for a shaky body,
laughter,
listening,

and more listening.

These are the
only
kind of
Christian assault rifles
I ever hope to encounter.

The only kind I'll ever use.

Peace.

I am surrounded
by sharpshooters
of love.



1 comment:

  1. That's the way to answer to people who think violence is the answer to everything. Love in exchange for violence. The Christian way, indeed.

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