by Richard Mansel
A radio announcer talked about a church where they were celebrating guns and Jesus. My reaction was, “What does one have to do with the other?”
Christians are citizens of a spiritual kingdom despite living in a fleshly country (Philippians 3:20; Romans 13:1-5). We are to be salt and light, commissioned to bring the lost to Christ (Matthew 5:13-16; Mark 16:15-16).
Political ideas and Biblical teaching sometimes do intersect (abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, etc.). When they’re two separate issues, we must be careful to keep them apart so as not to taint God’s Word.
Christians are often political conservatives and one of the most passionate issues is gun control. Some want to take guns away from citizens in order to stop crime. They mean well, but good intentions cannot override a bad idea.
Christians understand sin (Romans 3:9-18, 23; Genesis 6:5) and unless the entire world fully embraces Christ and his Word, true peace will never exist. And that’ll never happen (Matthew 7:13-14). We cannot get laws just right so crime will vanish.
Gun control advocates think criminals will give up their guns along with law-abiding citizens and we’ll be safe and glorious. Ridiculous! Instead, the innocent will be defenseless against armed criminals. People forget crime predated guns.
It’s too late to take away firearms. There are too many of them. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution should continue to allow citizens to own guns for protection. However, that is a political issue and not a Biblical one.
Our ultimate enemy is spiritual and only through spiritual weaponry can we defeat Satan (Ephesians 6:10-17). Only through obedience (John 14:15; Romans 10:17) and the blood of Christ can we be saved (Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 John 1:7).
Guns have nothing to do with God’s will and mission and when we portray him inaccurately, we’re violating Scripture (Colossians 3:17), and there will be serious repercussions for that (Matthew 16:23; 18:6).
We can be passionate about God and guns as long as we never forget the boundaries.
We have no right to get angry with those who use God to promote their non-Biblical ideas when we do the same thing. It is just as silly for PETA to call Jesus the Prince of Peas as it is for us to call him the God of Guns.