Jesus, And The NRA
There is quite a bit of talk about firearms and whether we should regulate them, or even ban them. I got to thinking about how would Jesus respond to the idea of firearms, and it came to mind that the weapon of Jesus’s day was the sword.
At one point in the ministry of Jesus He gave commandment for His disciples to get a sword;
” Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.” Luke 22:36 (KJV)
We have Christian and non-Christian alike arguing against having handguns, or arguing for having them. In the United States of America it is the right of every American; except for former prison inmates; to keep and bear arms. The Second amendment of the USA states:
Second Amendment –
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
People die in the USA every day probably by some kind of gun shot accident, intentional murder, or manslaughter; and many who see these things think the answer is taking away our right to “keep and bear arms”.
I was reading another blog the other day, by a brother in Christ who was proposing further gun restrictions due to murders, street battles and such. He quoted the old adage, “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people”. Only he added his addendum on it by saying “Guns kill people”, or something like that.
Murders and hatred come from the heart. Jesus told us that. If you take away guns there will still be murders. There were people murdered in Jesus’s day by the sword, by stones and stoning. Maybe we should ban kitchen knives, and stones.
The answer is changing the hearts of men. Jesus said,
“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.” Matthew 15:18-20 (KJV)
I still don’t know that Jesus would be an advocate of the NRA [National Rifle Association] the guard and protector of the Second Amendment of the USA; but I do know that He would advocate us presenting the Gospel of His death, burial and resurrection; because there is the power to change hearts and lives.
Jesus also said,
“Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” Matthew 26:52 (KJV)
-Tim A. Blankenship