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Tuesday, December 01 2015

Violence and the Price of Righteousness

Written by Chris G

Is there a price to pay for righteousness?

Before we go further, understand, I don’t mean the sinless, perfect righteousness of Christ Jesus; the kind of righteousness that can only be attained through Him and in Him. No; I’m referring to righteousness as it pertains to legislated law as the law pertains to violence.

Is there any righteousness in violence and what makes one violent man any more righteous than another?

Nearly every country, certainly every western country, has laws that address violence; when and why violence is acceptable and under what conditions it is acceptable as well as what penalties under the law can be assessed for engaging in violence.

Even as far as the international community is concerned, the Geneva Conventions with its treaties and protocols have been ratified to some degree or another by 196 countries.

Article 3, relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts states in part;

the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons:

  • violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;
  • taking of hostages;
  • outrages upon dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment; and
  • the passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court, affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples.
  • The wounded and sick shall be collected and cared for.

It would seem to most that violence is not acceptable, but at any given time we can browse newspapers or television and see that violence occurs every day in every location.

Can violence be acceptable under local law? The short answer is yes.

In my home country of Canada, the Criminal Code of Canada states, regarding the acceptable use of violence:

  • 34. (1) Every one who is unlawfully assaulted without having provoked the assault is justified in repelling force by force if the force he uses is not intended to cause death or grievous bodily harm and is no more than is necessary to enable him to defend himself.
  • (2) Every one who is unlawfully assaulted and who causes death or grievous bodily harm in repelling the assault is justified if;
  • (a) he causes it under reasonable apprehension of death or grievous bodily harm from the violence with which the assault was originally made or with which the assailant pursues his purposes; and
  •  (b) he believes, on reasonable grounds, that he cannot otherwise preserve himself from death or grievous bodily harm. [R.S. c.C-34, s.34.]

This shows that by our federal law, violence CAN be acceptable.

Is this to say we can run around beating each other to a pulp?

Of course not; there can be heavy criminal penalties levied for unprovoked and even provoked violence as it relates to accepted use of force guidelines.

 Now we come to righteousness concerning violence and the individual price that is paid by those who are equipped to use violence righteously.

A violent man can be seen as righteous even as he is engaged in violence because he doesn’t SEEK to engage in violence; he AVOIDS it.

We know or can recognize situations that are likely to turn violent and we move away from these situations seeking to distance ourselves and our loved ones from needless volatility.

 We can come face to face with bravado and ego based violence, and avoid physical manifestations by placating aggressors and playing to their ego. A small victory for an ego based aggressor and a small price to pay for the righteous violent man.

Living a lifestyle in which we train for real world violence and pressure testing our skills on a regular basis gives us the confidence and ability to engage in violence effectively, yet discerning the necessary time and place for it.  

Living this lifestyle in quiet confidence and avoiding violence when possible gives us moral license to actively engage in it when there is no other alternative and come through without criminal penalty because we have paid the price in ego when lesser men would not lose face due to fragile self-esteem and false confidence, and have been held criminally accountable.

A righteous violent man realizes there is no victory in the use of violence for purposes of intimidation and unmerited aggression. These are the tactics of the criminal; these are the tactics of the weak hearted.

The righteous violent man will walk away and avoid a confrontation unless it’s necessary to protect himself, those in his care or those who can’t protect themselves; this is when the righteous violent man shows his quality, tenacity and strength. He is seen as a hero. This is when all of the placating of egos, avoidance and “losing face” pays off.

This is the price of righteousness in violence. 



Posted by: Chris AT 10:17 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
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