The article I posted on The Point blog about the pastor who encourages his congregation to bring their weapons to church started an interesting conversation on the Christian perspective on self-defense; and with the distrubling crime news I recently read from the Philippines, the topic became more relevant to reflect on. The question, is self-defense consistent or inconsistent with your Christian beliefs?
Personally, I don't find any problems with self-defense which includes martial arts and gun ownership as long as its applied under upmost understanding and responsiblity. What's unChristian is, applying these things for pride or ego. It goes back in the Imago Dei, the truth that we are made in the image of God- the perspective that we have value, worth and dignity. If you believe in the right to life, including your own, because you're made by God, then there's nothing wrong with wanting to protect it and defending yourself and others (family) from attack.
What do you think?