Verse of the Day: Violence

I’ve always hated the glorification of the mafia and using gratuitous violence, as in putting yourself in the place of the violent person, for entertainment.

Proverbs 3:31-32 NLT
Don’t envy violent people or copy their ways.
Such wicked people are detestable to the LORD,
but he offers his friendship to the godly.

7 Responses to “Verse of the Day: Violence”

  1. 1 Mitchell Powell

    How do you feel about patriotic war movies?

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Not that I’m a judge for all these things but historic movies would be different. I don’t think we should ignore the horrors of war or specific incidents. I also do believe some people are gifted as ‘warriors’ whether it be soldiers, police or whatever. But glorifying thugs or putting ourselves in the position of a ‘grand theft auto’ criminal is not pleasing to God, I’m sure of that.

    As far as having an interest in the strategy of war, weapons etc. I don’t think I myself can judge that based on Scripture. A kid may be interested in it and then end up serving their country because of it.

  3. 3 Mitchell Powell

    Thanks. I’ve just been collecting people’s views on war-related things lately, and the violence post seemed like an interesting way in.

    For what it’s worth, I find war strategy fascinating.

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    Your welcome. It’s just FWIW from me. I’m strange about violence. I have strong convictions about things I mentioned. I’m also very sensitive to violence and have a hard time watching it. We just watched Prince Caspian and it was too much for me. Not a good movie for me personally because I start to have bad thoughts and scenarios in my head but I wouldn’t judge anyone for watching it. At the same time I don’t think there’s anything wrong with owning guns for self defense and I wish our country could do more things using force to help the helpless. I know that’s very complicated.

  5. 5 Mitchell Powell

    Violence is indeed complicated. That’s why I’m working on figuring it out as best I can.

  6. 6 Scripture Zealot

    Good luck. Scripture should be our guide of course but if there was just one testament it would be easier. Or if we lived in a theocracy.

  7. 7 Mitchell Powell

    Assuming the theocracy was actually in tune with God’s will.

    Though a single testament alone would simplify things, I don’t think either testament taken by itself has a single unified treatment of violence. Ai!

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