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Church honors man who kills killer

January 3, 2011


The video above is the story of Jason McDaniel.  He walked in on a man robbing a tanning salon, and- long story short- was able to take the robbers’ gun away from him and proceeded to kill him with it.  The robber is believed to also be the “honeybee killer,” who apparently murdered two people last October.  As would be expected, the man is getting a hero’s treatment.


Ashburn Baptist Church decided to get in on the action and honor McDaniel as well.  He was greeted with a standing ovation and was given a plaque, an engraved Bible, and a gift certificate by the pastor.


We’d love to hear some thoughts on this.  Should McDaniel be specifically honored by a church for the taking of a life- however noble the cause?  Is this a simple case of the church honoring  a man who protected the community they serve, or was his method of protection problematic for Christ-followers?


Feel free to share your thoughts- for or against- below.



4 Comments leave one →
  1. Grant permalink
    January 3, 2011 10:39 pm

    An engraved Bible, plaque & gift certificate?

  2. Michael permalink
    January 4, 2011 12:57 pm

    Life is good – death is bad. Honor bravery. Mourn death.

  3. January 4, 2011 4:51 pm

    Peter came to Jesus’ aid in the olive grove by cutting off a man’s ear. John 18:10. Jesus later made Peter the first Pope. So I think the Ashburn Baptist Chruch should make this guy its pastor.

  4. Josh permalink
    January 12, 2011 5:15 pm

    I think it is problematic for Christians to honor the guy, especially if part of the honor is because he killed the robber. Putting aside questions of whether Christians should be nonviolent or not, the killing of the robber seems a little unnecessary and rash, by seeing that tape. It seems like he shot the guy right in the chest from close range, when he probably could have just chased him off, kept him till the police arrived, or shot him in a less lethal place. I wonder if the quick decision to shoot speaks to a larger mindset about violence; I think it probably does.

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