We have succumbed to a culture of violence, manifested in so many other ways, such as: 10 years of continuous war for our nation; 40 years of legalized abortion which ends the life of the unborn; the scandal of child sexual abuse, even within our churches; many video games which mesmerize our youth with violence. Instead, Jesus shows us a radically different witness, and we tend to gloss over those Gospel passages. Even to the cross, Jesus shows us to love even the enemy without violence and killing. The first 300 years of Christians faithfully lived that witness. We need to aim at a Christian culture as Jesus taught and lived in the face of violence and evil.