The bumper sticker says: “Guns don’t kill, people kill.” Clever, succinct slogans are indispensable to political activism. However, the full truth is often a casualty of such pithy sayings.
Do guns kill, or do people? People endlessly argue over this point but they fail to attack the real issue. Therefore, nothing changes.
Imagine a room with a simple wooden chair and table. A man sits in the chair and a gun is on the table. Neither are moving and no violence occurs. Beside the gun is a bullet. All three continue to sit without any movement or action.
By themselves, people, guns or even bullets won’t kill. Even when they’re all combined, violence isn’t axiomatic. Only in some situations does a shooting occur.
What sets them apart is the spiritual component and that’s been overlooked in the overall debate.
Friends, people with guns, bullets and purpose do commit murder. We can legislate, scream and threaten but it’s pointless until we deal with the purpose. With the exception of accidents, murders require intent and purpose. That is the real battleground.
Crime and gun violence in particular will never be stopped until we deal with the spiritual aspect of the person committing the crime. Purpose doesn’t need a gun to kill. It will find a way.
The gospel is the only sustainable answer for crime. Criminals will ignore laws. However, God knew we all needed boundaries so he created government (Romans 13:1-5).
If we would all come to the Lord, we would be busy serving God and living righteous lives (Romans 12:1-2). Love for the Lord and our fellow men would overwhelm us and we would be at peace with others (1 John 4). Even when we had conflict, we would embrace God’s measures (Romans 12:17-19; Matthew 18:15-20).
Once we remove the evil in our hearts and battle Satan’s temptations (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7), the purpose to murder is obliterated and the gun and the bullet won’t be armed with a reason to kill.
Sadly, the national debate ignores the spiritual aspect and crime continues to thrive. Banning guns is useless because the purpose will just find another way. Only Christ is the answer to crime but people won’t listen.