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Who Would Jesus Shoot? Military Contractor Puts Bible References on Gunsights

In case you haven't already seen this, it's been discovered that gunsights on weapons used by British and American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan are inscribed with coded biblical references, including:

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Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life." (John 8:12)

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It's absolutely mind-boggling to me that carved onto weapons of war are words of truth and peace -- words from a man who embodied and heralded a kingdom characterized by peace, and from a man who announced an alternative to empire and spoke of faith, hope, joy, gentleness, goodness, and peace. How in the heck do these things go together?!

The website of Trijicon, the U.S.-based manufacturer, states: "We believe that America is great when its people are good. This goodness has been based on biblical standards throughout our history and we will strive to follow those morals." Which of course is clearly congruent with SHOOTING people.

Clearly.

No wonder Christians have a bad name. You'd think we'd learned our lessons from the Crusades, the Inquisition, etc. But apparently not.

portrait-justin-fungJustin Fung is the policy and organizing assistant for Sojourners. A graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, he also blogs regularly at Gershom's Journal.

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