Misunderstanding Jesus: If You Don’t Have a Sword, Sell Your Cloak and Buy One

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There’s much talk these days (and these decades) about second amendment rights in the U.S., the particular amendment that focuses on the right to bear arms. For those Christians who champion this right, one obvious goal is to find biblical support for the claim.

Many times, there is a naive perspective floating around that says something like this: “God said it; I believe it; that settles it.” If God “said it” in his word (the keyword being “it,” referring to bearing arms), then we are now authorized to practice it.

One of the main go-to Scripture passages for those who promote the private right to bear arms (and use those arms) is found in Jesus’ words in Luke 22: Continue reading

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Stephen, the Self-Defender & Retaliator

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There is a lot of talk about guns in this nation. It feels supercharged even as of late with the combination of four recent situations: Paris, San Bernardino, the speech recently given by Liberty University’s president, and the presidential primaries. The combination of these three have left the media and American population reeling on the topic. Continue reading

Lions, Tigers & Guns, Oh My!

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Two mass shootings took place yesterday (December 3, 2015). One was in San Bernardino, California; the other in Savannah, Georgia. Only the former would be classified as a mass killing, as the latter one had one woman die and three injured (still more than should be).

The Washington Post notes how we now have had 355 mass shootings in the span of 336 calendar days in 2015. I’m not sure we can really fathom the reality here. It’s beyond getting my head around.

I want to point you to the thoughts of Clint Schnekloth, pastor of a Lutheran church in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He had something interesting to bring up, something many folk won’t in the verbiage vitriol on both sides of gun rights: Continue reading