Gun Ownership & Christian Values: Part 1 of 3
'Bring your Guns to Church' Sunday, Pistol-Packing Christians, and Christian, get your Gun, are examples of articles that highlight Christian beliefs and values that back up the use of guns. Bible chapters like Exodus 22, Luke 22, Proverbs 24, and Nehemiah 4 are drawn upon by these articles to make apparent where in the bible it discusses the rights that Christians have to defend themselves.
PACKING IN THE PEWS: THE CONNECTION BETWEEN GOD AND GUNS
The article explains the importance of Christians having guns for protection. It shows that Christians believe that God protects them, and part of the way to protect them is by providing them with skills to handle guns responsibly and only use them when their life and the lives of other Christians are threatened. People who use their guns to protect others are viewed as Good Samaritans among the Christians who support gun ownership. They use their God-given skills to protect the lives of threatened Christians. 41% of White evangelists have guns, and 65% of them carry the guns most of the time. In the First Baptist Church of Dallas, one-quarter to half of the congregation carry guns to church for protection from potential shooters. Evangelical leaders support the Second Amendment but are saddened by the use of guns to take away innocent lives.
The article supports the ownership of guns to protect Christianity, which is under attack. Examples of attacks on Christianity include ordering college students to remove their cross necklaces and removing Christian cross decals from the helmets of college football teams. Jesus would not want Christians to lose their lives when they can protect it, and this shows that the Bible supports the Second Amendment to protect the lives of Christians. The article quotes verses such as Exodus 22 that tells Christians to avoid feeling guilty for striking a thief who attacks them at night and Proverbs 25:26 that advises the righteous people against supporting the wicked. Christians are supposed to be righteous and protecting the lives of innocent people by dealing with the wicked is a way of upholding the righteousness.
The article explains that guns are biblically mandated and an important part of the Christian faith. It uses the Christian belief of loving one's neighbor, and the love should also involve protection. Good Christians are those who love their families, love their neighbor and can protect them too, and guns help to protect families and neighbors. Self-defense is a God-given duty and right for every Christian. Inasmuch as the Bible teaches peace, it allows people to defend themselves. The ultimate goal of the Second Assessment is to ensure that people can defend themselves, and this is similar to the right to self-defense in the Bible.
DOES THE BIBLE ENSHRINE A 'GOD-GIVEN RIGHT' TO SHOOT IN SELF DEFENSE?
It explains that the right to own and carry Guns was endowed by God. Self-defense is a natural and Biblical right for everyone, and there is no place in the Bible where Christians should allow people to kill their families. The belief that Christians deserve self-protection is the foundation of the article. It cites the book of Esther where Christians were allowed to kill, destroy, and annihilate any army that attacks them including the women and children in that army. The disciples of Jesus had swords, and this shows the importance of self-protection. In Luke 22, Jesus advised his followers to get a sword even if it meant selling their cloaks to acquire one. This portrays the importance of self-defense and places a good example for Christians seeking to arm themselves.
'BRING YOUR GUNS TO CHURCH' SUNDAY
The article explains that the idea of an armed Christian population has historical roots. The Deuteronomic laws of kings were against a standing army, and this resulted in the development of militia for national defense. It uses the Christian belief in Ecclesiastes 3 that explains that there is time for everything including time for war. Therefore, Christians should adapt to situations presented to them and can resort to war if it is the only solution. The belief was followed by a Lutheran pastor known as John Peter Muhlenberg when President George Washington asked him to use his pulpit to raise troops and Reverend Thomas Allen who participated in the Battle of Bennington. Therefore, when there is a need for war, Christians should protect themselves and their property. Biblical chapters such as Exodus 22, Proverbs 24, and Nehemiah 4 support the use of force in preserving life. This emboldens the Christians to use their guns in accordance with the Biblical teachings.
CHRISTIANS TAKING JESUS’ ADVICE AND ARMING UP NEXT SUNDAY
The article explains that congregational security teams and pastors are using the Bible as a foundation for their training on the use of guns. It uses the belief that the words spoken by Jesus are the guidelines the Christians should follow and that Jesus has more authority than any doctor, priest, apostle, prophet, or pastor. Since Jesus is the truth and the way, anything he says can guide Christians in uncertain times, and the church shootings is an example of the uncertain times. In Luke 22, Jesus urged his followers to arm themselves with swords and, therefore, Christians can arm themselves whenever they feel unsafe.
ARE CHRISTIANS BIBLICALLY JUSTIFIED TO DEFEND THEMSELVES USING LETHAL FORCE?
The article provides Bible verses that encourage Christians to make informed choices and not be afraid to use their guns for noble purposes. Proverbs 16:16 explains that God hates people who shed innocent blood, and Psalms 106:3 encourages Christians to do what is right at all times. Therefore, Christians can use their guns as long as they are not shedding innocent blood and if it involves protecting people who do not have any protection from the wicked.
In conclusion, Packing in the Pews, Does the Bible Enshrine a 'God-Given Right' to Shoot in Self Defense, 'Bring your Guns to Church' Sunday, Pistol-Packing Christians, Christians taking Jesus' Advice and Arming up Next Sunday, Are Christians Biblically Justified to Defend Themselves Using Lethal Force?, and Christian, get your Gun, are all articles that use Christian values to discuss and also support gun ownership. Luke 22, Exodus 22, Nehemiah 4, and Proverbs 24 are some of the bible chapters that are used by these articles to provide evidence and support of the need for Christians to defend themselves.