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Our Idol, the Gun

Last June, there was the shooting at Mother Emmanuel where nine (9) people died attending a bible study. It was gut wrenching and horrific. Before that there was Newtown Elementary School where twenty-six (26) teachers and children died. It was appalling beyond description. I'm afraid I have run out of adjectives for our most recent mass shooting. Forty-nine (49) dead and fifty-three (53) wounded is carnage beyond my imagination to describe. And we are impotent in addressing the means of this assault on civilization.

We, as Americans, seem to believe in the myth of redemptive violence. We believe that violence is a solution to most any problem. We have people who speak of gun violence in our politics by calling for "Second Amendment solutions". We now live in a world where if you are considered a threat to American interests, you can easily be vaporized by a missile launched from a drone many flying miles above and away from you. We believe we can kill our way out of our problems regardless of whether our grievances are on the personal or national level.

And we believe our violence is justified even sanctified because we only used it as a means toward "good" ends. After all, we are the "good guys" just "fighting for peace." Everyone else who uses violence is labeled a criminal, a terrorist and added to our list of possible targets.

And to this I have to ask the question, has killing every really solved anything? All violence seems to do is temporarily suppress those who seek to assert their domination over others or assert their legitimate grievances with those that rule over them. Violence is no substitute for justice. Retribution only leads to more violence. "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth leaves the world blind and toothless," said Mahatma (The Great Soul) Gandhi.

Until we cease believing in the god of redemptive violence and making idols of the automatic weapon, the Grim Reaper with take an ever-increasing toll on us.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


Jeff+




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St. Thomas is a vibrant, welcoming, Christian community cultivating mind, body & spirit through worship, fellowship, and service, loving our neighbors as ourselves

The Rev. Jeff Douglas, Rector

Our Staff:
       Parish Secretary
       Julie Bazemore
       Musician:
       Jonathan Johnston
Our Vestry:
       Hugh H. Davis,Sr. Warden
       Michael Steczak, Jr. Warden
       Daniel McCamish, Clerk
       Ernie Carter,Treasurer
       Claudia Griffin
       Fred Liverman
       Patsy Jones
       Brenda Hewitt
       David Simons
       Rob Outland

Parish Committees:
       Events:
       Patsy Jones
       Kitchen:
       Ernie Carter,
       Mary C. Pierce
       Garden Committee:
       Charles & Lois Sawyer
       Bazemore Garden
       Planning Committee:

       Patsy Jones
       Dicky & Becky Hoggard
       Lobster Feast:
       The Rev. Jeff Douglas

WORSHIP
       Altar Guild:
       Mary C. Pierce
       Acolytes:
       Charles Sawyer
       Flower Guild:
       Ernie Carter,
       Martie Tayloe,
       Patsy Jones

EDUCATION:
       Adult Sunday School:
       Carolyn Peele
       Children's Sunday
       School:

       Gretchen Simons
       & Beth Douglas

PASTORAL CARE:
Becky Hoggard,
Vicki Blandchard
& Jerrie Taylor

RECTOR'S COMPENSATION COMMITTEE:
       Ernie Carter
       Daniel McCamish
       Gretchen Simons

If you would like to volunteer or have ideas about how St. Thomas' can have a more effective ministry in these areas, contact the appropriate person and make St. Thomas' ministry even better.