Monday, March 1, 2010

The Lord's Prayer v. God Bless America

Shane Claiborne, author of Jesus for President, wrote this piece for Sojourners Magazine after a young man in his neighborhood was senselessly killed.  In an attempt to curb the violence in the neighborhood, a local gun shop was asked to sign a voluntary Code of Conduct that would ensure responsible sales of firearms in a crime-ridden area.  As Shane Claiborne's group prayed the Lord's Prayer, the gun-toting outsiders sang God Bless America. Claiborne opines that a "deep theological cage match was happening in the heavens."  In the end, Claiborne believes Love Wins.

3 comments:

mamasong said...

Wow! I just finished reading Shane's article, thank you so much for sharing it.

mamasong said...

By the way, I just shared this on my blog too. Thanks again, Shane Claiborne continues to inspire me!

practicingresurrection said...

This is really sad.

The idea that these people would shout down the Lord's Prayer, and with "God Bless America," while waving around American flags, is just chilling.

This is one gun owner who would have felt privileged to join Shane Claiborne and his friends in mourning the loss of that young man, and in joining in prayer with them, that God's kingdom come and his will be done on earth.