Living for the things Jesus values—love, grace, peace, generosity, compassion—flies in the face of political/industrial/military machines whose agenda is primarily about power & profits for the few at the expense of the many.
Jesus is stripping away all sense of personal privilege. He is revealing all the ways we think ourselves superior to others and places us all, no matter our station in life, on a level field with one another.
Whatever the underlying causes, and whatever the ultimate solutions may be for our escalating culture of violence, at some point America has to deal with its underlying anger problem.
The long and glorious history of our faith is full of days like these where people of good conscious disagree on how we interpret our holy writings and traditions. Happily, none of those days have destroyed us. May today be no different.
Condemnation blinds. Only love can see.