Crude has a nice post out on his blog where he points out that if you’re willing to die for your faith, you should be willing to kill for it. Here is an extended form of my response:
Would you kill to defend your family?
If the answer to that question is yes, but the answer is no if you’re asked whether or not you’d kill to defend your faith, you need to reassess your priorities.
Does that comment shock you? It shouldn’t. Jesus is very clear about this – faith, then family. If you’d kill to protect your family but not your faith, there’s a problem with your worldview.
I’m not saying that making a paradigm shift like that is easy, but it is, ultimately, necessary.
I’m also not saying I’m there yet. I have a very difficult time honestly imagining a situation where I’d react to a threat to the Church as strongly as I’d react to a threat to my family. But, here’s the important point – This is to my detriment. It is not a good thing. I, too, need a paradigm shift.
In fact, most people do.