Jill Schaeffer

Pacifism may lead to violence

An 800 pound gorilla in the room of justice, particularly for some Christians, is a horror of taking any action that may be construed as violent.  To violate someone's personal space, whether physically, psychologically or spiritually and cause injury is simply not done among practicing Christians.  Only non-violent strategies are permissable, and the rule of thumb is to "follow Jesus," if need be, to the cross.

And yet, and yet.... Edmond Burke's purported sentiment of 1795, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men do nothing,"  raises a slew of questions regarding the use of force for the sake of saving lives rather than increasing the vulnerability of those put at risk if "good" men stand back and do nothing.

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