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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Why Have a Gun? (Part II)

It's a bit late in the game, but I have neglected to cover at least one area of foundational material for this topic.

We, The People, have rights. They are not necessarily the ones we usually complain about, though. Constitutionally we have rights. The Constitution does not "give" us those rights, it recognizes that we already possess them. If you believe as I do, they are given by God. If you don't believe that way, well, they are pre-existant anyway! :>)

In layman's language, I have certain rights recognized in the US Constitution. However, YOU do not have the "right" to limit my rights just because you think I am "wrong."

In the Bible, God declares several things that seem to contradict. In places He says He hates some things and loves others. In some places He tells us to "turn the other cheek" and in others He tells us to "take up the sword" and "smite our enemies."

HE did not change His mind. It is all true. As in Proverbs, there are times to smite and times to turn the cheek.

When is it time smite? When is it time to turn the cheek?

As I understand His word (and your are welcome to politely disagree!) He gave us our lives and considers us precious in His sight. Otherwise, Jesus would not have had to die for us and our sin. Jesus, God's Son, is precious to God. Therefore, for God to sacrifice His Son for us, we must be precious in His sight. Thus, He does not intend for our lives to be thrown away at the whim of a criminal.

There are times to use violence in defense of ourselves and/or others. At the same time, we are to be meek as lambs and wily as the serpent. We do not go about trying to cause offense. Offense may be perceived by our actions but we remain true to the Gospel of Jesus.

We'll continue with "Why have a gun?" next time.

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