Perhaps one of the hottest topics right now is around gun rights. In an effort to prevent violence, there is much discussion on the subject. Both sides of the argument have their talking points. What does the Bible have to say about the issue of weapons? The following is from the mouth of Jesus.

LUKE 22:35 Then Jesus said, “When I sent you out and told you to travel light, to take only the bare necessities, did you get along all right?” “Certainly,” they said, “we got along just fine.”
36-37 He said, “This is different. Get ready for trouble. Look to what you’ll need; there are difficult times ahead. Pawn your coat and get a sword. What was written in Scripture, ‘He was lumped in with the criminals,’ gets its final meaning in me. Everything written about me is now coming to a conclusion.”
38 They said, “Look, Master, two swords!” But he said, “Enough of that; no more sword talk!”

JESUS, seems to be giving in Luke a direct command to His followers to get a sword for protection.

MATTHEW 26:50-51 Jesus said, “Friend, why this charade?”
Then they came on him—grabbed him and roughed him up. One of those with Jesus pulled his sword and, taking a swing at the Chief Priest’s servant, cut off his ear.
52-54 Jesus said, “Put your sword back where it belongs. All who use swords are destroyed by swords. Don’t you realize that I am able right now to call to my Father, and twelve companies—more, if I want them—of fighting angels would be here, battle-ready? But if I did that, how would the Scriptures come true that say this is the way it has to be?”

Jesus seems to be reprimanding the improper use of the sword. He commands that the sword be put back into its sheath, not thrown away. He declares, improper use of the sword results in destruction. Jesus in essence was fulfilling His purpose. He had no need of protection.

JOHN 18:8-9 “I told you,” said Jesus, “that’s me. I’m the one. So if it’s me you’re after, let these others go.” (This validated the words in his prayer, “I didn’t lose one of those you gave.”)
10 Just then Simon Peter, who was carrying a sword, pulled it from its sheath and struck the Chief Priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. Malchus was the servant’s name.
11 Jesus ordered Peter, “Put back your sword. Do you think for a minute I’m not going to drink this cup the Father gave me?”

In John’s gospel, we discover it is Peter, who is carrying the vary sword Jesus told him to obtain. It is Peter who cuts of Malchus’ ear. As stated before, it appears Peter is not being chastised for having the sword, but rather for trying to interfere with our Lord’s destiny.

What is the message here? That possessing a weapon within itself is not the problem. Improper use most certainly is the problem. Proponents of the proposition that there should be no guns, will only turn people into lambs for the slaughter. Criminals for the most part don’t obtain there weapons legally. To remove the right to bare arms would disarm the good guys. Intrusive background checks is the answer, I like being able to protect my family. Jesus knew I would need to, and therefore, gave me this nugget in scripture.

As far as assault weapons are concerned, I have this response. Do the bad guys have assault weapons? The answer is yes. I can prove it with real stories, but due to confidentiality, the answer is just yes. How was the “Cold War” won. Other than Reagan’s brilliant outspending the Russians in the arms race, it was by matching strength with strength. An understanding of mutual annihilation kept the United States and the USSR from blowing each other to smithereens. By the way, does anybody know where Smithereens is located? More below

I will conclude this with some stats and a story. Approximately 5,000 news reports of defensive gun use from 2003-2011 (Cato Institute). Some uses do not make the news because no shots were fired. The crime was prevented by the simple appearance of the gun. 285 of the instances involved concealed carry licenses. 154 involved women protecting themselves with a gun. 21 were in defense of minors. 201 in defense of seniors. 65 gun uses prevented carjackings. 25 gun uses prevented rape. Colorado State University in the first year it allowed students to conceal carry, saw crime drop 60%. University of Colorado at the same time saw a 35% increase in crime as they continued to not allow students to conceal carry.

A friend of mine debated with his mother over his concealed carry permit. She was totally against guns. One day while mommy was eating in a diner, two men came in. They pulled out their guns, and began taking money, jewels etc…. One of them noticed my friends mother had gorgeous rings on several of her fingers. He said to his friend: “Hey this women has rings all over her fingers.” To which his partner replied: “Cut the b_ _ _ _ es fingers off.” As he approached her now holding a knife, he passed a gentlemen with a concealed carry permit. The gentlemen jumped up put his gun to the man’s head and said: “That’s enough.” Both men gave up their weapons and were arrested. Mommy is a believer now. She is alive and well in Kentucky, with all of her digits.

It is not for me to tell people how to feel about this issue. I know biblically and emotionally why I stand on my side of the fence. Perhaps there is something you have seen in scripture that convinces you otherwise. The issue comes down to whether or not I should be unarmed because choice has been removed. Should I break any law that would leave me defenseless? I hope with all my heart, I never have to shoot a fellow human being. I hope with all my heart the country I love would never put me in a position to be shot.

What do you think?

2 Comments for "THOUGHTS FROM JACKIE: “A Sword For What”"

  1. Dan Dyke

    May 5th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    What do Christians need to remember if the have a gun?

    1) Know how to use it correctly.
    2) Try to talk the intruder out if you have the chance.
    3) Show no fear (you can cry later).
    4) Make sure that it is an intruder – family members should know to answer when you ask, “Who is it?”
    5) Shoot to stop the person, but only as the last resort.
    6) While this conversation is happening someone else should call the police.

    I have successfully used this method to get the person to flee.

  2. May 6th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Dan, I agree 100%. I’m glad your experience went well. I have a permit to carry. I hope I never have to shoot anyone. What you have shared just might save a life. Thanks.

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