Today is not about RV’ing. Nor is it about living the unscripted life. I’m writing today because I’ve heard one too many hypocrites claiming to be a Christian using the excuse of ‘faith’ to peddle nonsense.
Why do people want guns?
By volume of guns sold compared to hunting licenses sold, the reason to own a gun, or several guns is not to go hunting. Let’s cut through the baloney. People buy guns to kill people: people they are afraid of. No one is trying to collect all your guns. And there’s really no need for anyone to purchase multiple guns on the same day, now is there? How many people are out to get you, anyway?
People buy guns because they are afraid. Ok, some of them are afraid of their neighbors. Some of them are afraid of their spouse, or other family members — maybe for good reason, maybe not. But you know, I’ll just bet that a lot more folks aren’t as afraid of their own neighbors as they are of some else’s neighbors living in some other neighborhood. Just which people or which neighborhood is an infinitely variable unknown determined by an individual’s hatreds, bigotry, and prejudice. But they want to be ready to kill someone they are afraid of.
For a long time I mostly heard the NRA on the pro-gun side. That was understandable. It’s their one cause; their reason for existence. Sure, they’re going to complain about anything that threatens their ability to raise money and sell memberships. I understand that.
But lately I’ve been hearing so-called “Christians” plucking the pro-gun strings. I have to tell you I find that to be the height of hypocrisy. I’m a follower of Jesus myself, and considering that Jesus did not lift a finger to save his own life and that his counsel to his followers was to trust Him and follow Him and to turn the other cheek — when anyone, particularly men and women of church leadership begin touting the need to arm yourself they are negating a central message of Jesus. They are no more Christians than the man-in-the-moon. And yes — I mean disrespect. In just the same way that they disrespect the founder of their faith.
If we aren’t afraid of anyone, we don’t need a gun. Pure and simple.
If we trust God and if we are willing to actually listen to what he said in the Old Testament, or to what Jesus and the Apostles said in the New Testament then there ought not to be a single follower of Jesus who is not in favor of stricter gun controls to end the plague of gun violence in the U.S. That is not a popular opinion. But it is clearly the tenor of both New and Old Testaments.
I’m not trying to say that the U.S. military does not have a reason for existing — that is a political issue not a religious one. What I AM saying is that if you claim to be a follower of Jesus then either listen to what he says, and do it, or else cut the baloney and pretense; admit that it’s more important to you to have your way than it is to follow His way. Accept that you are a hypocrite and stop using the term “Christian” to make your case.
I’m a flawed human being the same as they are. I make mistakes every day. But if I’m made aware of my error I have some obligation to try better. I’ll never be perfect, but I can try harder to do the right thing. Others can do the same thing.
33 Verses to Remind Us We Do Not Have to Fear:
“So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
“Do not be anxious about anything,
but in every situation, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
“Peace is what I leave with you;
it is my own peace that I give you.
I do not give it as the world does.
Do not be worried and upset;
do not be afraid.”
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear,
but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,
because fear has to do with punishment.
The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
1 John 4:18
“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” Psalm 94:19
“But now, this is what the Lord says…
Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name;
you are mine.”
“An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” Proverbs 12:25
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
“Have I not commanded you?
Be strong and courageous.
Do not be terrified;
do not be discouraged,
for the Lord your God will be with you
wherever you go.”
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
“Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand,
so that he will lift you up in his own good time.
Leave all your worries with him,
because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:6-7
“Tell everyone who is discouraged,
Be strong and don’t be afraid!
God is coming to your rescue…”
“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat;
or about your body, what you will wear.
Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.
Consider the ravens:
They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn;
yet God feeds them.
And how much more valuable you are than birds!
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
Since you cannot do this very little thing,
why do you worry about the rest?”
“The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?”
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you;
he will never let the righteous fall.”
“Immediately he spoke to them and said,
‘Take courage! It is I.
Don’t be afraid.’”
“Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,
for the Lord your God goes with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
“’For I am the Lord, your God,
who takes hold of your right hand and says to you,
Do not fear; I will help you.
Do not be afraid, for I myself will help you,’
declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”
“God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.”
“The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
The Lord is with me;
he is my helper.”
“Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.”
“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves,
“Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.” Psalm 34:7
“But even if you suffer for doing what is right,
God will reward you for it.
So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.”
1 Peter 3:14
“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.
He freed me from all my fears.”
“Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.” Deuteronomy 3:22
“Then he placed his right hand on me and said:
‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.’”
“Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’” Mark 5:36
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.
Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,
neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow
—not even the powers of hell
can separate us from God’s love.”
“The Lord your God is in your midst,
A victorious warrior.
He will exult over you with joy,
He will be quiet in His love,
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord,
“He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
…He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you…
For he will command his angels concerning you,
to guard you in all your ways…
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord,
“I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him…”
from Psalm 91:1-16
Gun control needs to happen. We can’t just continue saying that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Not one life will be saved that way. But without open discussion about the real issues nothing will happen — as has been the case for several decades already.
Thanks for stopping by. I grieve over the Orlando shooting as I have grieved over every other mass murder, over the countless gun-suicides, and gun-assisted crimes where innocents have lost their lives. Perhaps tomorrow we can talk about something more pleasant. I’ll be here. Why not join me.