Chris Kyle’s death seems to confirm that “he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.” Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn’t make sense
— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) February 4, 2013
Let us get something straight. Mr. Kyle, the record breaking sniper, was not shot because he “lived by the sword.” Mr. Kyle’s life does not remotely speak as one who lived by the sword. Indeed, he was able to walk away from the sword to save his marriage.
Go to church, any church and look around.
See anyone with their eye plucked out?
See anyone with their hand cut off because they sinned with it?
Jesus said to do it, so why isn’t it done?
And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. (Matthew 5:30)
Jesus spoke of spiritual matters and issues of the heart and those sane understand it all too clearly. Anyone who has seriously attempted to deal with sins in their life understand the futility in plucking out eyes. If only sin could be mastered as easily as cutting off a hand!
Naturally, if the heart and spirit are right with God, good actions will follow. Actions like walking away from the army and leaving behind a career in killing the enemy.
David, the man after God’s own heart was a mighty soldier able to deal mercifully against terrible enemies. Chris Kyle strikes me as just that kind of man. One that is able to show mercy to an unmerciful enemy. This mixture of keeping one’s humanity while dealing powerfully with an enemy was seen in David, the mighty man of God.
David also defeated the Moabites. He made them lie down on the ground and measured them off with a length of cord. Every two lengths of them were put to death, and the third length was allowed to live. So the Moabites became subject to David and brought tribute. (2 Samuel 8:2)
There is a lot to appreciate concerning Ron Paul, just not this sloppy Christian doctrine. Of course, what Jesus demands of His followers really cannot be considered in a tweet, it requires serious prayer that arises from folding both hands and closing both eyes.