Guns Are My Stronghold and Deliverer


17 April 2013 will go down in history as the day the US Senate kissed the a**es of gun lobbyists and the NRA and IGNORED the wishes of 90% of their constituents. But it comes as no surprise the money trumps the will of the people every time. Here are a few statistics for you to ruminate over.

Since the Newtown shooting and the death of 20 children and six adults there has been…
3,513 shooting deaths
526 were women
179 were teenagers
62 of them were children.

Some were killed by legally owned firearms, some by illegally owned firearms. Some died as a result of domestic violence, accidental shooting, or illegal activity. 3,513 since December 14th 2012. That is 3,513 men, women, and children in four months.

According to the January 2013 New Yorker magazine there are an estimated 250-300 million guns owned by Americans. And a report in TheBlaze.com states “the U.S. has the best-armed civilian population in the world, with an estimated 270 million total guns. That’s an average of 89 firearms for every 100 residents…”

Now there is a reason for Americans to be proud!  gun violence 1

But this short post is not about stats per se, it is about the almost fanatical worship of guns and the Second amendment by followers of the Peace of Peace. And it leaves me with more questions than answers.

According to the Public Religion Research Institute 59% of white Evangelicals opposes stricter gun regulations.

What????

So the same faith that birthed the non-violent civil rights movement of Martin Luther King Jr, endorses an instrument of death (that ultimately ended King’s life) as a Christian “right” with no more oversight or regulation. How can individuals in a faith that they embodies love, forgiveness, mercy, and peace say with all seriousness that gun control is bad?

Can no one see the glaring hypocrisy?

Are we Christians in America so blinded by our misguided, unwavering commitment to political parties and a man-made, not God ordained, Constitution that we are willing to allow our fellow Americans to continue to be sacrificed on the altar to the god of inalienable rights for only gun owners?

What about the 3,513 men, women, and children created in the image of God, due to death, no longer have any rights?

 

 


9 thoughts on “Guns Are My Stronghold and Deliverer

  1. Thoughtful post. Definitely some hard things to wrestle with. We (Christians) definitely could stand to sort out a biblical position on something, and THEN look to see what political party we side with on certain issues.

  2. It would be refreshing if we were as passionate and serious about living out the teachings of Christ as we are about our individual rights in the USA.

    1. I am not sure where you got that idea, because any talk of regulating firearms does not mean disarming others. And this post is more about the Christian love affair with guns, and how that is somewhat of an oxymoron. Thanks for reading and posting.

  3. One of the major problems appears to be the encouragement by many (supposedly) Christian pastors of fear of government in their congregations. We’ve come a long way from St. Paul’s dictum to his Roman converts, (Rom. 13:1-7) “Every person should place themselves under the authority of the government. There isn’t any authority unless it comes from God, and the authorities that are there have been put in place by God. 2 So anyone who opposes the authority is standing against what God has established. People who take this kind of stand will get punished. 3 The authorities don’t frighten people who are doing the right thing. Rather, they frighten people who are doing wrong. Would you rather not be afraid of authority? Do what’s right, and you will receive its approval. 4 It is God’s servant given for your benefit. But if you do what’s wrong, be afraid because it doesn’t have weapons to enforce the law for nothing. It is God’s servant put in place to carry out his punishment on those who do what is wrong. 5 That is why it is necessary to place yourself under the government’s authority, not only to avoid God’s punishment but also for the sake of your conscience. 6 You should also pay taxes for the same reason, because the authorities are God’s assistants, concerned with this very thing. 7 So pay everyone what you owe them. Pay the taxes you owe, pay the duties you are charged, give respect to those you should respect, and honor those you should honor.” And St. Paul wasn’t talking about a democratically elected government, but a REAL tyranny – a government led by a pagan emperor with absolute power. Stock up on guns to defend yourselves against tyrannical government? Reread the above passage. Absolutely not. At least, not according to St. Paul.

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