The past few weeks I have been hurt to see the news of church shooting incidents. Times like these may rock our faith. Sometimes this means feeling intimidated, insecure. Sometimes this means questioning our commitment to peace. Sometimes this means fearing that some sort of change is coming we can’t handle. Continue reading
The last chapter dealt with Hitler.
Chapter 5 deals with a question we might often overlook: “Must Christian Pacifists Reject Police Force?”
One reason it’s overlooked is that, until 200 years ago, military and police weren’t really seen as separate entities in most of the world. They are both government agents authorized to use force, and even violence, if necessary. The distinction remains important because, unlike war, police can truly “be accountable to legislative regulation” that “at least stands some chance of punishing only the guilty while protecting the innocent.”
In this chapter Schlabach first introduces the concept of nonviolent policing, which some people may regard as a joke. How are police effective if they don’t use force? But the same question could be asked of soldiering, perhaps.