This week on the Black Man With A Gun Show, I talk about the controversial subject of God and guns. And an interview with author of the book, A Time To Kill: The Myth of Christian Pacifism available on Amazon.
Christians and Guns
One of the most contested, controversial and misunderstood elements for people in the gun community is the combo of Christian faith and guns.
This problem, this argument is rarely resolved and has been the catalyst for many men to leave churches and to stop following pastors, clergy, preachers that flagrantly accuse them of murder for being a gun owner– in the name of God.
The devout, and some believers of the Judeo Christian family don’t see how a religious person, or a person of faith can be or would want to be a gun owner. They see it as a contradiction or demonstration of a lack of faith.
“Won’t God take care of you? Jesus wasn’t armed? Doesn’t the Bible say thou shall not kill? How can you be for God and guns?”
The question is based on the premise that guns equate to murder, death, violence, destruction and mayhem. They do not. There is no such thing as gun violence but it is heard daily. There is just violence. There are many things said over and over again that are not true but accepted.
Those that believe this also know little about firearms. Those that believe this or subscribe to this have sometimes been the victims of violence.
And there are those that believe this that have a misunderstanding of Scriptures.
The victim is understandable. When something life shaking, happens to you, your response is flight or fight. You will say please no more, and seek escape whenever you are reminded of the situation; or say never again and prepare so that you will be ready the next time.
The gun –a firearm is a mechanical device. It is incapable of firing on its own. It has no will. It has no soul. It cannot save the person possessing it from evil. Although it does deter criminal attack once presented as has been documented many times. It is a tool used in sports, self-defense, hunting, and war and in the media for effect.
The word alone is a scare word. People are naturally afraid of what they don’t understand. Because of this it is used by the savvy and manipulative to make people do things like vote or give money. The relationship between white and black Americans has been used this way. Today it is homophobia. Some people just like being scared.
In some places of worship we have leaders that don’t support the right to keep and bear arms for one of three reasons that I have found.
- Politics (local and national)
- Ignorance (not stupidity)
Politically, if you are supportive of liberal policies you have to support gun control. What is odd is that in the traditional black church –despite how it votes, the core beliefs are conservative with the exception of guns, affirmative action, and welfare.
It is also political in a local sense, not to anger the church mothers who tithe regularly, or may have lost children to the drug trade, gangs and violence. It is socially acceptable to blame the gun in all those instances over a person.
Unfortunately the man who sees his gun as an expression or extension of himself is demonized for it. The hunter, security, law enforcement, veteran or simple gun owner has to listen to and be blamed for the deaths.
I say ignorant not stupid because we are all ignorant about something. If you grew up in church and became a pastor from being a Sunday school star, choir member, junior deacon and then minister there was little room for the education about guns. Its not taught in Bible College or seminary. Your point of view will be strongly influenced by Hollywood and the tears of the mothers you officiate at for their slain sons. Hollywood does a good job too at adding to the confusion. This is all stuff I have learned over time.
And there are the blatant hypocrites that know the truth but keep the status quo. There are church leaders that own guns themselves but don’t support your rights to do so. Then there are some that have moved into celebrity status and have armed guards.
The Bible for the Christian is as misunderstood as is any other law in our natural world. Christianity has been misinterpreted to support the Crusades, Inquisition, Slavery and other barbarous activities.
Guns are not mentioned in the Bible. God is not concerned with anything we can make but the condition of our heart.
Jesus never condemns the soldier or that man that carried a sword for self-defense or war.
The Bible is full of stories of war, bloody battles and massacres that God supported. There was a revolution trying to get started during Jesus’ ministry that the zealots were trying to manipulate Him into.
As a minster of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I confidently can say that it is the lack of understanding and misinterpretation that gives most Christians pause. We don’t know what we don’t know. That doesn’t stop us from making judgments however.
It has been my calling to seek out and minister to the people in the gun community that have been hurt, deposed, maligned, mistreated by “church” people. We who are warrior spirit are also part of Gods kingdom. We are the protectors or the people. We are the shepherds in the fields. We are the people of the wilderness. We may be Samarians, and unclean gentiles but we are still Gods people. We who love Gods’ creation.
Biblically we have many translations in the Abraham/ Masoretic and Hebrew text. Thou Shall Not Kill was originally do not murder. There is a difference. There are circumstances when you must kill as written in the book of Ecclesiastes.
There is a time for everything. We are not so advanced as a people that we do not hurt others. Someone still needs to stand on the wall and take watch. There is still fratricide as it was in the book of Genesis. There is still war, espionage as it was in the book of Joshua. And there are still acts of terrorism as recorded throughout the Old Testament.
I would like to recommend three books for you to read in addition to the Holy Bible.
- God, Guns And Guts Of Firearms Defense By Sig Swanstrom
- Pablo Birriel The Minister Of Defense
- A Time To Kill – Greg Hopkins
Rev. Kenn Blanchard, internet radio broadcaster, online advertiser, veteran, concealed carry activist and harley davidson motorcycle enthusiast shares whats on the minds of hunters and concealed carry permit holders. http://blackmanwithagun.com