Friday, January 22, 2010

Bible Stamping

The US Army and Marine Corps are investigating a decades-old practice of riflescope maker Trijicon, Inc. It seems that Trijicon has been encoding messages from the Bible onto some of its products.

One gun sight is stamped with the code 2COR4:6 which refers to 2 Corinthians 4:6, For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Another scope bears the code JN8:12, referring to John 8:12, Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

Some may find linking the name and teachings of Jesus to the shooting of people to be a bit odd, but I personally have no problem with it at all. God and killing have been linked since Cain slew Abel, why not be honest about it?

My only beef is with the quotes Trijicon chose to imprint on its scopes. Here are just a few texts that might be more inspiring:

Ex. 22:24 My wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children orphans.

Ex. 32:27 Go back and forth from gate to gate throughout the camp, and each of you kill your brother, your friend, and your neighbor.

Deut. 7:2 When the LORD your God gives them [your enemies] over to you and you defeat them, then you must utterly destroy them. Make no covenant with them and show them no mercy.

I’m sure you could find additional quotes that are equally appropriate, and I am eager to hear from you. As of this writing, however, it seems that Trijicon is going to cease stamping their products with Bible quotes.

What a shame. If it were up to me, I’d make the quotes more explicit. In this way if the hardware is captured by people of a different faith they may refuse to use the weapons for fear of violating their own faith.

I really like the idea of stamping products with appropriate Bible quotes, however, and just because Trijicon won’t do it doesn’t mean that other companies shouldn’t get in the game. So please think about this and suggest Bible quotes for your own favorite products. Who knows? This may catch on, and you might find yourself with a whole new career.


Jonathan K. Cohen said...

In-N-Out Burger puts Bible verses on many of the paper products in which its wares are served. The soda cup has John 3:16, the milkshake cup has Proverbs 3:5, the hamburger and cheeseburger wrappers have Revelation 3:20, and the "Double-Double" (double cheeseburger) wrapper has Nahum 1:7. One wonders why the cheeseburger and Double-Double wrappers don't have Exodus 23:19, Exodus 34:36, or Deuteronomy 14:21.

Rabbi Rami said...

Very good! I never heard of In-n-Out Burger. I assume the name refers to the fast service not how long the burger stays in your digestive system.

Eruesso said...

I wonder if Samuel L. Jackson's character in Pulp Fiction had Ezekiel 25:17 stamped on his gun? hmmm....

Jonathan K. Cohen said...

In-N-Out Burger is a chain of hamburger restaurants in California, Arizona, and Nevada.

In-N-Out is a reference to the speedy nature of the restaurant's drive-thru service; the original restaurants were drive-thru only.

Anovagrrl said...

My favorite is man of God as slayer of men, as in I Sam. 15:32-33...And Samuel slew Agag in the sight of the LORD at Gilgal.