Cross post from COVID narrative & policy thread.
Maybe, but who cares? Find your people and stand with them. Your options are to face a potential trap or let your people get looted, killed, and wiped off the earth. You aren't doing anything wrong by being a peacemaker when your government has failed to fulfill that role. Remember, you're not revolting against your God-given government, you're simply trying to preserve peace. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God."Large groups of civilians have taken up arms - astonishingly large groups - some even teaming up with police.. But my instinct tells me that this is a trap, and that the authorities will come after those civilians who took up arms. I can also see this being used as a justification for permanent military enforced lock downs and a ban on guns.
St. Paisios the Athonite enlisted in the Greek Army to beat the communists in their civil war. He served as a radioman so that he wouldn't have to kill anyone, but the Church recognizes there are times where violence is necessary. If I were you I would have no qualms with bearing arms and marching with your people against the forces of chaos and anarchy. Besides this, pray.What does a Christian do during a war?
Yesterday, a type of war broke out in South Africa, you can call it whatever you like, but essentially one political faction is fighting another, bullets are flying, some cities look like they're burning, people are running for safety. Law and order officially broke down last night in some regions, there is a lack of police and soldiers, and there are bodies lying in the streets (most of the footage I have to show was deleted from YouTube). This is the first time I'm experiencing war, it's the first time I'm seeing dead bodies as a result of violence. I grew up very sheltered, I could just as well have grown up in California...