During this Holy Week, we all need to turn to the events that mark this week as special and extraordinary. I have particularly in mind the scene in the Garden of Gethsemane, the site of a crucial scene that speaks to what the so-called "Christian militia" espouses these days: Jesus is arrested, and we read that Peter drew his sword and cut off one of the arresting people's ears. Jesus then said to Peter, "Put your sword back into its place, for all who take the sword will perish with the sword. Do you not think that I can appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than 12 legions of angels?"
I rest my case against all who would join the ranks of the "Christian militia," which does not represent the Gospel message in the Bible. Such a divisive movement is doomed to fail because it does not come from the God of grace, justice and unity.
(The writer is a Presbyterian minister.)