On abortion and guns: How is that American Christians can come to such different understandings of our faith?

On abortion and guns: How is that American Christians can come to such different understandings of our faith?

On Dec. 10, the United States Supreme Court upheld Senate Bill 8, the Texas ban on abortions — not officially overturning Roe v. Wade , the court case legalizing abortion, but certainty sinking its future. On Dec. 1, I traveled with members of our congregation to the steps of the Supreme Court to bear witness as arguments were heard to overturn Roe . For much of the day, I stood side by side with anti-choicers — people who also traveled to the steps of the Supreme Court but who came professing faith in a very different God than I profess. There’s a photo of me standing with my Jesus collar right beside another white woman holding a large image of Jesus with anti-choice messaging. Two people. Inches apart. Both claiming Jesus. Both somehow coming to completely different understandings of how our faith informs reproductive rights. The day before, on Nov. 30, a 15-year-old who had access to a semiautomatic handgun opened fire at a school in Michigan — where a member of our congregation went to school — killing four students and wounding many others. Between 2009 and 2018, the U.S. experienced 57 times more school shootings than other major industrialized nations combined . And this year, there were more deaths on school grounds than any other back-to-school time on record. This Christmas season, you’ve likely seen elected officials and their families posing with large rifles around Christmas trees, some even asking for ammunition from Santa. “Two people. Inches […]

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