After Pittsburgh, Poway and Christchurch and the continuing escalation of religious violence, I have come to an unpleasant conclusion: Stop being passive: if you need a sword, get a sword; if you need a warrior, get a warrior.

If your faith is worth preserving, it’s worth defending. As far as I can tell, that’s pretty much been the case throughout human history.

The First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, was the scene of a horrific shooting. In the aftermath, the church decided against relying on hope and a speedy response from law enforcement. Figuratively speaking, it got a sword.

There is nothing in the scripture that counsels passivity when attacked. The Lord forbade murder, but not killing.

Think of what you might do to a rabid dog that threatened your child. I went through the standard rabies treatment when I was a child. Let’s just say it wasn’t pleasant.

Someone who would invade your church is no different than a rabid dog.

I am sure this offends many sensibilities, but I don’t really care anymore. We won’t always win, as the bombings in Sri Lanka proved, but we sure as hell can quit losing so often.

Professional writer. Passionately interested in facts. Founder of onewordtexas.org

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