Those Who Live By the Gun (lawfully) Are Obedient to God
Not too long ago, I posted a video of John Piper in which he answered the question, “Should Christians Own Guns?” It sparked some good conversations, and brought an important issue much attention. That issue, of course, is the biblical doctrine of self-defense.
In that video, which I repost here, Dr. Piper makes it very clear that he does not think it as “wise” for Christians to have a gun in their home.
He is sadly mistaken, and, obviously, I disagree with his position. Then again, mistaken also are the multitudes who follow Piper’s advice – and thinking – namely, that owning guns perhaps demonstrates an unwillingness to allow others to prepare for heaven (i.e., don’t shoot them so they may perhaps become prepared to go) or, as some believe, demonstrates a lack of faith in God, or, yet again, violates certain Scriptural passages, often quoted by many as the proof-text why they neither own, nor carry a firearm.
One of those proof-texts used is Matthew 26:52:
Then Jesus *said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.
What we must realize here is that Peter was acting hastily and unlawfully in whopping off the ear of a servant of the high priest. What Peter did benefited no one present and was in fact, unnecessary. He was, after all, standing right next to God who could, if He wished, called down legions of angels for protection!
Christians, including John Piper, quote this passage as an absolute rule, that “the sword” or, in our day, the gun, is not a wise thing to have, much less use against another who most likely is “not ready for heaven.”
If the proverbial sword is forbidden, absolutely and unequivocally in all cases, what are we to make of Genesis 9:6?
“Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.”
How is the death penalty to be enforced other than by shedding the blood (killing) of the offender?
Or, take Romans 13:3 and 4:
For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.
Clearly, Scripture has uses for any weapon used lawfully and for performing justice before God.
For John Piper to dramatically proclaim, and to influence untold numbers with “He who lives by the gun, shall die by the gun” is to display an ignorance, not only of Scriptural teaching, but of common sense.
What about the use of guns in the matter of self-defense? Is that biblical? Absolutely.
When God says thou shalt not kill [unjustly] (the negative) He is saying thou shalt preserve life (the positive side of the commandment) Thou shalt not kill includes preserving life.
If I allow others, or myself, to be unjustly harmed, it is a violation of the 6th commandment. If we do not defend ourselves, we are not preserving our lives. If we don’t preserve our lives, we are disobeying God by violating the 6th commandment. If you see another being harmed, and you do nothing, you are as guilty before God as the one committing the crime. Silence of a sin is two sins. The Bible requires us to protect the lives of our neighbors animals. How much more then should we defend neighbors lives when threatened?
You are responsible to preserve life. Your own, family and neighbors. To do so, you must have the tools to preserve and defend. Every Christian has the absolute, biblical responsibility to be armed to the teeth. God says if you are deprived of your weapons, you cannot properly defend yourself, your family, or anyone else. I Samuel 13:19-20.
Since we have a biblical responsibility to preserve life, we have an absolute biblical responsibility to be a well-armed society.
Get guns, brethren, and learn to use them responsibly, accurately – and lawfully – to the justice and the glory of God.