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Monday, September 22, 2008

Should Christians Own Guns? Part 2

(Continued from Part I)

In this post, I will attempt to point out some of the fallacies of the anti-gun philosophy you read last time.

First of all, I find it rather interesting that the need for self defense is acknowledged.

While we wish others no harm, we will if necessary defend ourselves and others who may not be able to.

Although this is realized, the use of lethal force is adamantly opposed.

I do not believe Christians should support, own, or encourage the use of these weapons of individual destruction. I realize that the Supreme Court recently ruled that citizens have a constitutional right to bear hand guns. I simply disagree with that decision as I don’t believe it promotes the culture of life that we as believers should seek to cultivate in this country.

From a strictly practical viewpoint, this is an extremely impractical opinion! First of all, this idea presupposes that there is no sin because people have been killing each other since the Fall. Even if guns were completely outlawed and destroyed, crime would still exist. This is proved by the fact that crime rates actually increase when guns are outlawed. Also, what about Christian Warriors like David, who was a man of blood, and yet a man after God's own heart?

Pastor Lance then asks,

But shouldn’t citizens be able to arm themselves in case the government seeks to overthrow our rights by force? Let me answer that in two ways. First, imagine you had a handgun, even a very good one. Do you really think you could take down the average military attack helicopter with it? The second amendment regarding bearing arms was written at a time when the government didn’t have vastly superior weapons than the average citizen. That has changed. The U.S. military now has the weapons and skills to level whole neighborhoods in a matter of hours.

Since when did might make right? What if our ancestors had taken that point of view about the British? Our duty as Christians is clear. We are to obey the Word of God come what may. If our nation digresses to the point at which God's Word commands us to take up arms against a tyrannical government, we should take up arms. Even if that means fighting machine guns with pitchforks. This is the Roy Moore issue over again- do we obey God, or do we obey the word of man?

To be continued, Part III.

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Blogger Son3 said...

You make excellent points!

Far too many Christian leaders hold these opinions; however well intentioned, they're just plain wrong.

September 22, 2008 at 9:40 PM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Thanks for the comment!

Peace and prosperity has bred laziness and compromise.

September 23, 2008 at 2:11 PM  

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