So our political leadership is looking into stricter gun control laws. Hmmmm. Just a hunch, but it will NOT stop the violence. Here are some of my reasons:
1. Take away all the guns and you do not remove a person’s ability to kill, only of them killing with the guns you took away.
2. Take away the guns and you will start seeing suicide bombings in America (kind of surprised this hasn’t happened already). When you remove the ability to do mass violence with guns, then other options become more acceptable to the delusional.
3. This is the big one. Guns do not make decisions. People make decisions, and people are depraved and in need of being filled with goodness, mercy, and love. Until we get our thinking right about man’s ability and willingness to do meaningless violence then these bandage solutions are going to fail.
4. The gun debate is part of the growing movement to do two things: undermine the U.S. Constitution, and gather further intelligence over those who have guns that might be able to use those guns to overthrow the government. Therefore, gun control is not the issue at stake, rather Constitutional authority at the Federal and State levels.
Whether it is restricting the magazine size from 30 to 10, creating a national database that every buyer is scanned through, pairing the background database with mental and criminal records, or banning semi-automatic rifles, I am not a supporter. The database and scanning of mental/criminal records are the only two that make sense, but my point is that it is not going to stop the violence.
Now for my Christian readers out there. I have friends who own guns, lots of them (not lots of friends, lots of guns). I have friends who never owned a gun in their life now rushing to the nearest dealer to get some sort of protection from the uncertain future. My own wife wants a gun to help protect her from the crazies out in the world (not a bad thing in and of itself, but the motives need to not be out of fear, and proper, on-going training is essential for any gun totting mama or grandma). Regardless of what I think about owning a gun for whatever reason here is the bottom line:
We as Christians seem to be thinking that owning a gun is going to protect us from what is to come. We are quick to pursue protection for ourselves, but slow to fire the most effective shots that can be heard around the world – telling others the good news of Jesus Christ.
Some people might scoff at me for saying that, but it is really how I feel. I am not living it myself to the fullest extent, but I want to live it and I am growing in my faith to live it out each day. If you desire to protect yourself from what is to come then solidify your relationship with the Maker of the Universe.
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
– spoken by Jesus as recorded in Matthew 28:18-20, and I noticed that Jesus didn’t say anything about “and arm yourself with weapons of your choosing to protect you from the wicked nut jobs of this earth”
And lastly, we should all memorize this passage out of Colossians 1:15-23. 15-20 is a creed of the early Christian church. 21-23 is Paul explaining what this means to those who believe. Gun control is not the answer to our problems in this world. Teaching the Truth, the Way, the Life is. Our laws reflect our beliefs surrounding morality. When the people change, the laws change.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation; because by Him everything was created, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together. He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross – whether things on earth or things in heaven.”
“And you were once alienated and hostile in mind because of your evil actions. But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him – if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith, and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul , have become a minister of it.”
As Christians, we should strive to be able to replace Paul’s name in the last sentence above, with our name. God is your gun, Jesus is your bullet, and the Holy Spirit is in charge of what happens before, during, and after you fire your gun. Lock and load. Be praying for a victim to shoot this week.