Did God really say it’s okay to use violence to defend your home and family?
Yes … yes he did.
Up to a point.
This is what God says: “If a thief is caught breaking in and is struck so that he dies, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed. But if it happens after sunrise, he is guilty of bloodshed.” Exodus 22:2. God goes on to say, “A thief must make restitution for what he takes.” And if he cannot, the thief must, “be sold to pay for his theft.” Exodus 22:3
The spirit of this command seems to be: the theft of property does not justify the taking of the thief’s life. On the flip side, incarceration without restitution does not restore the victim. Let us pray that all our judges rule wisely and administer justice fairly.