Don’t Bring Race and Religion into my Gun Laws

I came across this article today in the Washington Post.  It gave me pause.  This article is quoting scripture, “Put away your sword,” Jesus commands, “for those who live by the sword, die by the sword.” (Matthew 26:52)  It is in response to the Trayvon Martin shooting and goes on to ask that we all “put down our guns” for Holy week.  Yes, I am a Christian, and yes, I believe in the 2nd Amendment.  This article challenges the fact that these two principles frequently are found in the same person.  How can a person be a Christian, and still believe in using a weapon that could end in a violent crime, that could take ones life?  I counter that if one is truly a Christian, they would never use their weapon to harm another human being unless there were no other choice.

The tragic shooting of this teen does break my heart, and still all the facts are not known – so I will not judge either side.  I only wish the country would take a breath and not use this case, with so much uncertainty, to polarize our country further than it already is.

Earlier today, I was listening to talk radio, and the conservative speaker was discussing that George Zimmerman is hispanic, but those who are more liberal are saying he is a “white hispanic”.  How about this argument:  Trayvon and George were both people.  They were in a community, they had family, they were humans.  They may have been Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, or Muslim.  They may have descended from African American, Brazilian, Portuguese, or Hispanic heritage.  In this country we have come so far over the course of 235+ years, to try a case such as this in the court of public opinion serves no purpose and only drives a wedge deeper.  George Zimmerman called the police over 50 times with concerns about people in his neighborhood.  If Trayvon had been a homeless man of Irish or Mexican decent, I have a feeling Mr. Zimmerman would have responded in a similar fashion (right or wrong).

It seems to me that too many follow like sheep walking to slaughter.  The media feeds them until they are too full and lulls them to a sleepy goodnight.  The politicians are waiting with open arms and promising to fix everything, “Don’t worry” they say, “I will take care of you.”  THINK people!  THINK!  Before it is too late and you find yourself wondering what happened to your country.  Both politicians and journalists use religion and race to strike fear and draw worst case scenarios.  The truth is usually somewhere in the middle, but you have to open you mind, your eyes – take in what is around you and form your very own opinion.  Never let someone else tell you what to think.

At the heart of the matter, we are all either good or evil.  No matter what race, what religion you practice, or if you own a gun.  You will find the eternal ying and yang in all parts of life.  I grow more concerned for our society when journalists use bible verses to encourage us to put our guns down.  I grow more weary when I see thousands of people in hooded sweatshirts marching in the name of race.  Let’s all remember we are American’s first, if we forget that, we will lose it all.

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6 thoughts on “Don’t Bring Race and Religion into my Gun Laws

  1. Bravo on your blog. I wanted to address the particular scripture quoted. Jesus told his disciple to lay down his sword because in that situation He had a life mission planned for the disciple that would be to spread the Gospel peacefully. He instructed his disciples during the great commission to walk away from anyone who would not accept the Gospel because God respects our free will. He would not force anyone to accept Him.

    In those days of the Roman Empire there were many lives one could pursue and one of those was with the Roman Legions or their cohorts (as an example). These folks lived by the sword enforcing Roman ways and they died by it when they failed. Jesus didn’t want His disciples living this sort of life because it directly conflicts with the mission He had for them. For the mission Jesus had in mind for his disciples He would not need any such force because the message itself was truth and truth is unstoppable even if the messenger is murdered to silence the message (which is what happened to nearly all the Apostles). It was their laying down their life and choice to suffer being murdered rather than recant their message regarding that they saw Jesus Resurrected that gave it the most powerful witness – much more powerful than forcing anyone to accept the message from the receiving end of a sword. It is one thing to die for something you take on faith because someone told you it was true it is quite another to die for something you saw with your own eyes which is exactly what the disciples were witnessing to with the Resurrection.

    Jesus’ admonition in this scripture has absolutely nothing to do with a person, whether they be a follower of His or not, defending their own lives or the lives of other innocents from immoral violence. He was not addressing the right of individuals to defend themselves with arms He was responding only to the immediate situation that He was in so that His disciple would understand how He wanted him to spread the Gospel and also to ensure that the Old Testament scripture would be fulfilled in that the Messiah had to suffer and die. Resorting to violence against the authorities at that moment would not accomplish that.

    Of course I suspect, as a Christian, you are already aware of all this but I thought it might be useful to post it as a comment so others can see there is no conflict between Christ’s words in that particular situation and the ability of peaceful people to defend themselves against violence. Those who carry don’t “live by the sword” in this day and age they are merely trying to defend the peace of our communities. If men were angels there would be no need for anyone to have a weapon of any sort to protect life but men are not angels, unfortunately.

    1. Chris,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to educate all of us. (Even us Christians need refreshing – all the time!) When someone has a very strong view one way or the other, they will frequently take a verse (out of context) to seemingly back up their views. This was exactly my problem with the article I was commenting on. I wonder if the journalist who wrote it read the entire passage, or just did a google search for the perfect verse. (We already know the answer.)

      I hope Ms. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite googles herself one of these days and finds your comment – it is fantastic!

  2. Miss Chantilly, thank you for the compliment.

    Truth is unstoppable, that is certain, yet there are none so blind as they who will not see. And the devil can quote scripture for his own purpose. Defending Christ’s message and it’s context is the privilege of every Christian and I can only hope I can do it well because if we can get even only one person to come to vineyard, even if it’s at the end of the workday, they shall be given the same pay as all of us that have toiled the whole day through and that will be worth all our efforts. God Bless.

  3. Miss Chantilly,
    just ran across your blog from the Gunwire. Hit on this subject from last year and I wanted to let you know about my new book on the Bible and self-defense. It’s entitled ” A Time to Kill-The Myth of Christian Pacifism”. It concludes that God not only allows us to use legal force to defend the innocent; but He commands it! I also stress in three chapters on the military that Jesus knows the difference between murder and killing for self-defense, law enforcement and national defense. I hope it will help those recover from the guilt that is often caused by combat-induced PTSD. As a military servicewoman(and thank you for your service) I think you would appreciate this book.
    You check out my qualifications to write it on my website. If you’d like to review it, I’d happily send you a copy.
    Thanks for your time,
    Greg

    1. Greg,

      Thank you for checking out my blog – and I did take time to look around your site as well! Your book does look very interesting and I am certain that I would enjoy reading it. I would love to read your thoughts on the military, including insights that could ease the burden that our returning heroes have after witnessing and participating in unimaginable situations.

      I will gladly write a review and post it here, and on my H&H FB and Twitter accounts if you do send me a copy. You can e-mail me at webmaster@heelsandhandguns.com to work out details. I look forward to hearing from you!

      ~Lil

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