A few weeks back, I lifted up a topic that I believe we largely don’t talk about in church to keep things “nice” and that is sex. Today, I’d like to bring up a second topic along that line – guns. But, as I do, I want to say I am not writing about the second amendment or what government policy should, or should not, be. I am simply talking about what we largely don’t talk about.
When I was a kid westerns were all over television. And an added area of excitement in the shows was that if any conflict arose it could quickly elevate to being a deadly conflict because everyone was armed. You hoped that the hero was a quick draw in such a case. But as I watched this glimpse of the 19th century, little did I realize that it would be a part of my future as well as my past. More and more, the society around us seems to want to advocate for an armed citizenry.
Both sides in the secular debate in our society tend to want to paint this as a black and white issue. Either you are for gun restrictions (which means you are for the government taking away all weapons and tyranny will ensue) or you are for no restrictions on guns whatsoever (and more and more tragedies will ensue which we are enabling). But I don’t see this as black and white. I see shades of gray abounding.
The issue I would like to raise to discussion is what should the Christian position be? What do we think Jesus would tell a Christian living today in this society? Would he encourage us to get more guns? Would he encourage us to do something else? What would it be?
I live in a city where murders abound. I surely understand the need for safety. There are many men and women I am thankful that they know how to use a firearm. At the same time, I have encountered people who I genuinely hope are not armed. What can we do as Christians to encourage a safer world?
Should we talk about it some more? Or should we get a holster and practice how quickly we can draw like in the westerns?
I am for a little more dialogue. Most of all, I hope the church can find its voice on moral and ethical issues anew.
What do you think?
Until next time,