Violence will never redeem anything.
Only love can do that.
Don't be confused about
the part of crucifixion that saves us.
When the privilege of carrying a weapon
is overwhelmed by the need to carry it,
freedom is no longer in the picture.
Force is not a tool of independence,
but servitude, and neither side
of the fulcrum will find release.
Squeezing the trigger won't make you
free any more than squeezing the life
out of a bird will make you fly.
Anything that can be protected
by harming someone/thing else
is not connected to liberty;
it is, instead, a slavery of choice.
Redemption will only arrive
when we let love choose us.
© 2013 Todd Jenkins