QOTD – Leithart on Violence

“From beginning to end, the Bible is utterly opposed to violence. Scripture never commands or endorses violence, never permits violence, never allows for a minimal level of violence, never treats violence as a good or as a necessary evil. Biblical ethics and politics are nonviolent ethics and politics.

The God revealed in the Bible is utterly opposed to violence. He never commands or endorses violence, never allows a minimal level of violence, never treats violence as a necessary evil. The God of Israel never commits violence himself, and violence does not describe what God does, or commands, or is, or loves. On the contrary: God hates that shed innocent blood, hearts full of wicked schemes, feet that run to do evil, false witnesses and those who spread strife among brothers (Prov 6:16-19). He hates the one who robes himself with violence (Mal 2:16). ‘The one who loves violence His soul hates’ (Ps 11:5). As far as I have found, lovers of violence are the only thing God hates down to his ‘soul.'”

Peter J. Leithart, “Violence” in Christian Political Witness, 147.

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*Note, it is important to read the rest of Leithart’s article to fully understand this introduction. His attempt at a biblical definition of “violence” allows him to reach conclusions which you might not suspect.

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