In the past, I have appreciated Pastor Greg Boyd's responses to John Piper and Boyd's explanation of evil. But I sure wouldn't want to be Boyd's wife when evil comes knocking.
In Boyd's recent blog post, Boyd explains how he feels about "Kingdom people" (a big doctrine of his in many aspects) and asks if the Christian security guard at New Life Church in Colorado was a "hero" for shooting and killing the gunman who attacked the church. You can read the post for yourself if you want...I don't feel like restating his points here, probably because I disagree with many of them. Instead, I'd just like to ask a few questions myself. Feel free to answer if you'd like.
1. What would Boyd have preferred New Life Church do in response to the gunman? Lay down their weapons (or rather, not have weapons to begin with), line up their members in firing-squad style, and let the gunman open fire?
2. I doubt thieves, vandals, rapists, and murderers read Boyd's blog, but if they do, they now know a great target to hit: mega-church pastor who will let them have their way.
3. I wonder how this makes Boyd's congregation feel? Knowing their pastor won't protect them if attacked. Knowing there's likely no emergency response system or security personnel in place. Aren't shepherds supposed to protect the sheep?
4. Is this REALLY what Jesus meant by "turn the other cheek"? Did He mean for husbands to allow their wife and children to be attacked, raped, beaten, killed? Did He mean for us Christians (Kingdom People) to stand idly by and watch evil triumph?
5. What about when Jesus said that there's no greater love than to lay down one's life and that husbands are to give their life for their wife as Christ gave His for the Church? Where's the giving of one's life when you just stand there like a patsy and let evil have its way?