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Friday, September 19, 2008

Should Christians Own Guns?

I ran across this rather interesting post a couple of days ago, by a Philadelphia pastor. This is a pretty common opinion of weapons among Christians.

What do you think about what he wrote? Please comment and be sure to keep this in mind over the weekend. Next week, I'll try to answer some of the issues he raised.

P.S.- I welcome comments from the ladies as well as the guys on this subject.

Continued in Part II

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Blogger gary said...

#1 flaw in his argument is: Should we as Christians be opposed to everything that has the ultimate purpose or potential of taking human life? If so, how do you justify the military? How about the production of tanks, jeeps, military aircraft, ships.....the list is endless. They are all ultimately designed to kill large quantities of people in a short amount of time. I contend the issue is the same in both cases--WHO CONTROLS THEM.

#2 flaw: Obviously private citizens cannot compete with the military in terms of firepower--that misses the point. The climate of personal firearm ownership is really an indicator of the degree of personal dependence on the state. Am I ultimately responsible for my family's safety and welfare (before God)or is it the states right and responsibility?

One parting question: If I am part of a ruling liberal majority in the U. S. House or Senate, do you think that my policy making philosophy might be influenced by the knowledge that there were 200 million Americans that owned handguns and knew how to use them?

September 19, 2008 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Thanks for the comment, daddy!

Great observations.

September 19, 2008 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger Olivia said...

"It’s time for the Christian community to promote the cause of life by laying down our weapons and refusing to support those who insist on filling our society with instruments designed for the sole reason of ending the life of one who bears the image of God. It’s time for us to realize that we cannot be both pro-life and pro-gun." Pastor Lance

This last statement of Pastor Lance is an error in and of itself.
If I can SAVE life by forcing the attacker to relinquish his weapon am I not being both pro-life and pro-gun? It is a very unusual for a robber\rapper\murder to simply give up his\her weapon because someone ask them nicely. To defeat an enemy you must have a force stronger than that of their own.

I completely agree with your Dad. The average thug wouldn't point a pistol at a man that could very likely kill him.

Ending with this:
"If guns cause crime then pencils cause misspelled words."

Great post. Gun Control was the first political issue I became passionate about. :O)

October 4, 2008 at 8:50 PM  

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