People antagonistic to Christianity like to discuss the religious nut who thought he was doing God’s will by killing a family member. Indeed, there are such mentally deranged people out there, and they may be paraded on the nightly news. But let’s not let that oddity of news blind us from the fact that hundreds of thousands of people who deny God are selling drugs, working in gangs, and killing people on the streets. Very few of them are motivated by religious reasons.
The world is soaked with mutual blood. And murder, which is considered a crime when people commit it once, is transformed into a virtue when they do it en masse in the name of the State. The offenders thereby acquire impunity by increasing their ravaging and cruelty.
Cyprian of Carthage
Much violence is based on the illusion that life is a property to be defended and not to be shared.
Dear friends, let us shake off the intoxication of compromise. Too many of us are entertained by things we should weep over. God destroyed the world during Noah’s day because of violence, yet we sit before televisions and in theaters amused by violence. The Lord ultimately destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of their twisted morality, yet we do nothing to protest similar perversity entering our lands.