If Jesus had a gun who would he shoot?
Simon Moyle; 30/1/10
As reported in The Age last week (22/1), the Australian Defence Force has swiftly removed biblical references from soldiers’ gunsights manufactured by US company Trijicon. The gunsights, which some US Army commanders have dubbed ”spiritually transformed firearm[s] of Jesus Christ”, have scripture references stamped next to their serial numbers. These revelations have once again raised questions over the connection between religion, particularly Christianity, and violence. As a Christian and a church leader I could not be more appalled at the distortion of Christianity these inscriptions represent. It seems timely then to make a solid defence of the non-violence of Christianity. As the great Indian independence leader, Mahatma Gandhi, said: ”Jesus Christ is the most perfect example of non-violence in history,” and paused before adding, ”And the only people who don’t realise this are Christians.’