Do you have that image of meek and mild Jesus that would always turn the other cheek? Well, let’s fix that. Check it out.
In the aftermath of the Sutherland Springs church shooting, the issue of gun control and Christians was bound to come up.
So, we are going to deal with that right here.
Actually, Doug Giles covered this a while back, but it’s good to revisit.
This is what we’d call a ‘classic’ that never goes out of style.
When discussing what Christ would do in a given situation, it’s usually good to actually go to the gospels, read them and then draw conclusions. Here’s what I’ve gotten after scouring Scripture a few times:
1. Jesus in His earthly ministry didn’t carry a weapon except the time when He took a whip (a whip! You gotta love it!) and drove the televangelists out of the temple. He didn’t chide them or write them a strong but tasteful e-mail asking them to please not do that kind of stuff in church.
What did the meek and mild Messiah do? He whipped them. I wonder if the Christ-is-a-pacifist-wuss-christian can picture sweet Jesus laying the leather to the backs of the marketers who were making His father’s house a place of merchandise.
If Christ were to do that today He’d be thrown in prison, and 99.9% of churches in the USA wouldn’t have Him speak at their annual Hallelujah Aren’t We Fabulous conference because Jesus wouldn’t be behaving very “Christ-like.”
I hope God’s got that PVRed, ’cause I’d love to watch that go down.
You know the pearl-clutchers would be upset with that exhibit of holy and righteous anger.
But uh, exactly Who could they register their complaint with, hmmm?
2. It’s clear from Scripture that Jesus didn’t need weapons because He had at his disposal an angelic host that could flatten armies. I unfortunately don’t have that capability.
Christ had supernatural protection, and His disciples carried swords. I, too, believe that God supernaturally protects me, to some degree, because I should have been dead a long time ago. However, should my guardian angel be napping or busy doing something else other than trying to keep up with my dumb ass, I’ll be okay, because Smith & Wesson art with me as well.
Jesus didn’t carry because He didn’t need to.
Bro, you ain’t Jesus.
3. Lastly, in Luke 22:36-38 Christ told his disciples, even though He personally did not pack a weapon, that they, in light of His departure, should get a deadly weapon—namely a sword. Check it out…
“And he [Jesus] said to them [His disciples], ‘But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one. For I tell you that this which is written must be fulfilled in Me, ‘And he was numbered with transgressors’; for that which refers to Me has its fulfillment.’ They said, ‘Lord, look, here are two swords.’ And He said to them, ‘It is enough.’”
That seems perfectly sensible to me.
You should go back and read the whole article, though. There’s a great story in there about a caller asking if Doug really thought that Jesus would carry a gun. It’s hilarious.
In the meantime, trigger the Christians that say that Jesus didn’t believe in self-defense.
The men and women in law enforcement that serve and protect us are commendable, but the response time means that they don’t get there when the bullets are flying.
Are you willing to wait 20 minutes for the police to show up?
It’s an issue that needs to be discussed within our churches and addressed by our church leaders.
We need some righteous badassery in the church to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our brothers and sisters in Christ from the preventable evil in this world.
We need to Obey Jesus.
Including what he said in Luke 22:36.
He [Jesus] said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.
– The Holy Bible, English Standard Version
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