In the last few weeks, we have seen acts of violence that have stunned our country. A gunman kills 13 at a theater; another gunman kills 6 at a house of worship in Wisconsin; and yet another gunman strikes near Texas A&M.
When such violence occurs, debate on gun-control grows hot: Talk shows talk, columnists write, and opinions come out of the woodwork. Everyone seems to know what needs to be done.
310 million people reside in the United States; and there are 300 million guns in our country. Realistically, anyone should know that those 300 million guns will not be taken from their owners. The lawless surely aren't going to turn theirs in, and the lawful have no such intentions, either.
But what about those who love Jesus, who profess faith in Him and have a hatred of violence? What kind of stance can we - should we - take? The Bible just doesn't give great clarity on this matter. And constitutional discussions about the right to bear arms fail to end violence as well.
It seems to me that the most logical position we could adhere to would come if we went after the "heart" of the matter. And just what is the "heart" of the matter? Jesus answers this for us:
Antother valid point must be made. One of the strongest ethics in Christian doctrine is the value of humans. We see this clearly in the Atonement. Goid was so determined to save us that He spared not His only Son, shedding the very blood that coursed through His veins. If God deems life that sacred, should we not o likewise?
I know Christians who spend much more time defending the right to carry than they do spreading the Good News! Something is amiss here.