Blood and Guns

jesus on the crossShrill cries for more gun control laws always follow mass shooting we’re witnessing in our country. Law makers don’t get it. The president doesn’t get it. More gun laws will not reduce crime. More gun laws will not keep people from killing other people.

No politician, no advocacy group, no judge, no bipartisan coalition, no legislature is wise enough to devise gun laws that will stop, or even diminish, the murders and shootings that have become a tragic characteristic of our culture. It is not a political dilemma. It is not a judicial responsibility. It is not a social issue. It is not a mental health problem. It is not an education mandate. It is not a second amendment issue. More gun control is not the answer, or even a stop-gap measure.

The epidemic of murders and killings is far beyond human understanding or remedy. All the blood shed and lives lost only serve to underscore our desperate need for Christ’s own blood to atone for the sins of the depraved souls perpetrating the violence. Unless and until we (authentic followers of Christ — yes, it’s up to us) fall on our faces and act upon 2 Chronicles 7:14 and believe that He will do it, nothing will happen.

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and I will heal their land.

Law makers are foolish to believe they can solve the problem with more gun laws.

We are foolish if we think God can not, or will not, help us. God is omnipotent. He is the alpha and the omega. Nothing or no one is beyond His compassion, His mercy, His wrath, or His judgment.

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2 thoughts on “Blood and Guns

  1. Sorry, but I’m opposed to your viewpoint on this one. What if one of your beloved grandchildren had been senselessly killed by a gunman. People cry out that owning a gun is our right according to the Second Amendment. Well, tragicly that right is being abused by far too many crackpots so we all have to lose our privilege. Guns small enough to be
    concealed need to be registered with scrutinizing background checks on those who attempt to buy. It won’t stop the carnage, but it will curtail it. Something must be done NOW.

    attempt to buy. It isn’t fair, but sometimes the whole class gets detention caused by one
    guilty perpetrator. I agree gun control won’t stop the carnage, but I disagree that tt won’t curtail it.

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  2. Mr. Sawyer,I appreciate your writing and I certainly understand your point. All humanity is sinful and depraved and in need of the Savior. It’s only when we are regenerated, in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit, and receive Christ as Savior and Lord by God’s gift of faith, that we will be saved and changed from the inside-out. Indeed, we will be “new creatures” in Christ, and it’s then that our behaviors will change as we die to sin. And yet, one function of the government, which God ordains, is to protect its citizens. It’s why we have a number of laws–like speeding laws, some laws that protect freedom of speech (like yelling fire in a crowded theatre), some laws controlling the consumption of alcohol (when driving). These are just some. I’m an alcoholic, so I know the only real reason I stopped drinking thirty years ago was through the power of the Holy Spirit and in obedience to Him. I know God didn’t want me personally to drink. But the law kept me from drinking while driving and likely saved my life and someone else’s. I didn’t want a “run-in with the law,” and the law restrained me. Until people come to Christ and change, the laws can help keep us in line. Even if one gun law can save one life, I believe it’s worth it. And I find the Second Amendment so interesting. It reads thus: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” (1791) We have no ultimate way of knowing exactly what the framers meant or how they might have written this if they knew about the profusion of weapons in which America is drowning now–or the kinds of weapons, like assault weapons, which are relatively easily procured and through which these mass murders are often executed. But what I find so interesting is the use of the words “well-regulated Militia.” Could it have been at the time of our country’s establishment, without the ready access of police protection, that bands of citizens needed to defend themselves, organizing into militias? Could it be that they were not speaking of every, single person being armed in every, single situation with any kind of weapon he chose to bear? I don’t know. I’m just asking. I just know that God hates murder, and it’s horrible to have to live in fear. You are so right. This is a heart issue, and how I appreciate your drawing our attention to the Savior, our only hope. That is such a worthy undertaking. But what do we do in the meantime? The issue is complex and guns are rampant in our country (and countries with stricter gun laws don’t seem to have this problem. Is it that America is just more wicked than they, or are the laws helping prevent these crimes). I’m not sure, but it’s worth considering. I will admit I am not sure exactly what to do. But I do believe it’s better to try than to do nothing, because it may be some time before our nation ever turns to God again. Thank you for the opportunity to respond. I appreciated reading your view and the thought which you have obviously given this.
    God bless you,
    Lynn Morrissey

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