As a nation, we really believe in the power of gunpowder to resolve conflicts. From our entertainment choices to our private thoughts, we truly believe that since evil exists in the world, the only course is to oppose it violently. Then, somewhat hypocritically, after making the power of the powder our national mantra, we are surprised when some of our citizens reach the conclusion that violence is the answer to conflict in their own lives. We shouldn't be surprised.
But the deed is done. Osama bin Laden has been killed. Whether that was the right thing to do is for another time. I'm not smart enough to answer it in any event. The question we can approach on this Mother's Day is that of how is a Christian to relate to the use of violence to resolve conflict? Join the Congregations of the Chapel of St. Starbuck and Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, KY for "The Power of the Powder", our sermon this week from Romans 12:17-21 and Luke 24:13-35.
Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.