I started writing this blog after seeing what happened in Pittsburg. And after what happened in Thousand Oaks California clearly this is something people need to hear.
What does God’s Word say about gun control? What is a realistic solution? Why is this so common? What about the death penalty?
First off, I want to share that my political views are based off of what the Bible says. The Bible is the unchanging Truth and can not be compromised for people’s opinions. It doesn’t matter which side your agree or disagree with, God is the ultimate Truth.
Let’s start off with gun control. I spent four years in the military working with guns specifically, and people don’t need guns. That is not something that can be accomplished overnight, but that should be the goal. Take a look at Isaiah 2:
“In the last days…they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they learn war.”
We are in the last days and should be moving in this direction. Like I said, this is not an overnight change, I don’t know all the details, but we need to move in this direction. I attend a Church in California with armed security. Unfortunately it looks like the world is far away from living out this prophecy, however I can say that this is the Godly direction.
“We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness” Ephesians 6:12
“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh” 2 Corinthians 10:4
You have the right to bear arms, God gives us His weapons. The Bible makes it clear that our battle is spiritual. Prayer is one of the strongest, and likely the most underused weapons we have. The Word of God is our sword, unfortunately most of us are untrained swordsmen.
If not used properly a sword can be harmful, and it can be useless. If we’re honest the majority of people posting their thoughts and prayers on Facebook are not actually praying with authority, if they’re praying at all. When we believe, speak, and declare the Word of God it is a mighty weapon. When we simply say “I’ll pray for you” nothing changes. People that want prayer back in school need to start by praying at home.
How many Christians are praying for their neighborhood? Praying for their schools? Praying for their politicians? Praying for their country? God isn’t answering the unspoken prayers!
1: God is moved by our faith, not by our needs.
2: Prayer needs to be proactive, not reactive.
Jesus taught that we should not treat people the way they deserve, when is the last time you prayed for your enemies and blessed those who were persecuting you?
In John 8 we can look at Jesus’ view on the death penalty. There is a woman who is caught red-handed, deserving of death. It’s black and white, she deserves to be stoned to death. There is no argument. Then we see Jesus step in. Jesus shows her His abundant love and compassion. Now some of you are thinking that adultery should be dealt with different from mass murder.
1 John 3:15 says “Whoever hates their brother is a murderer.” I know that it seems impossible, even dangerous, to forgive people of murder and let them walk free. But the truth is that killing a person for murder is not the solution. I don’t believe we have the rights or authority to decide a person’s death in any circumstance.
As Christians, we need to use the weapons that God has given us. The full armor of God is a necessity in all of our lives. Remember, people are not the enemies. We are not battling against other people. There are demonic forces that are influencing people to do evil. I will post more about spiritual warfare in the future because it is a passion of mine.
It’s clear that we are not meant to fight violence with human weapons. Having more guns is not the answer. Becoming powerful prayer warriors is the only way to see God bring about real change.
Let me know what you think in the comments!