A Thoughtful Response To “Blood And Guns”

Editor’s Note: FHG receives lots of good comments. I usually receive more when I write about hot topics, such as pro life or gun control. One of my readers sent me this thoughtful comment, so I thought I’d share it with you. If you have comments, pro or con (I publish both) I’d like to hear from you. Politicians have already jumped on the “let’s have more gun control laws” bandwagon. It will be interesting to see which direction this skirmish takes.

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 themore gun laws 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 theater), 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.

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About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.

2 thoughts on “A Thoughtful Response To “Blood And Guns”

  1. ‘Control of guns’ does not mean we should relinquish guns… but it does mean, especially today, there is more that can be done to: ensure stable people are not deprived of the ‘Right’ to defend their own family/property and life, start making those accountable for legal issues do pro-active things to ensure ‘Rights’ are not infringed upon, i.e., allow for Mental Health Departments (in County, State and Nation) to tell ATF when there are signs of unstable or hostile behavior seen, make the waiting period to get a weapon a week or two, and hire more staff to confirm each (and every) request conforms to the standards already in place. These ‘Rights’ should only be open to naturalized citizens… no one else! Sadly, even ex-military could be stripped of their ‘Rights’ here, if prone to PTSD’s, for the common good. Guns don’t kill people… people do- and it is high time we start using what due diligence we have left for the sake of our ‘Rights’ and sanity.

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