Anti-gun Christians don’t understand that Christ armed his disciples.
And He said to them, “But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one.” -Luke 22:36
As evidenced by the above scripture, Jesus/Yahushua armed His disciples in an effort to provide them with protection as they marched from city to city to preach the good news. If God is anti-gun, Jesus wouldn’t have commanded His disciples to purchase swords.
Left-leaning Christians don’t seem to understand that supporting the second amendment is, in fact, biblical. Yes, Christ was meek, however that doesn’t mean He would oppose your right to keep and bear arms.
Many pacifistic Christians misinterpret scripture to fit their misguided worldview. For example, read John 18:11:
“Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup which the Father has given me?”
Jesus may have told Peter to put his sword away but he never told him to disarm entirely. Furthermore, Christ stopped Peter not due to the sword itself (He would have instructed him to disarm if that was the case), He stopped Peter because he was in danger of interfering with prophecy. The purpose of God manifesting himself as man was to live a perfect life and die on the cross in order to pay the penalty for our sins. Jesus had to die to fulfill what the scriptures promised about the messiah and He couldn’t allow Peter to stop Him from doing what needed to be done.
Some liberal believers have taken this to mean that we ought to sacrifice ourselves to our enemies just as Christ did.
That’s fundamentally untrue.
In reality, we are called to accept Him into our hearts and humbly receive the gift of grace given to us by God. We are called to love others just as God loves us, but that doesn’t mean we should stand by while hypothetically allowing criminals to break into our homes and kill our families. On the contrary, Jesus would have never armed his disciples if he didn’t expect them to use their weapons to defend themselves. Similarly, God would expect us to defend ourselves with a firearm if necessary. Ecclesiastes 3:8 says there is a “time for war and a time for peace,” obviously Peter confused the two.
But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers. -1 Timothy 5:8
The word “provide” in the above verse doesn’t only pertain to food, water and shelter, it’s also referring to protection. Owning a gun not only gives you a better tool to protect your loved ones – it fulfills our biblical obligation to preserve life.
“If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed. If the sun has risen on him, there shall be guilt for his bloodshed.” -Exodus 22:2
There are two scenarios being described here. In case one, if someone breaks into your home in the dark – you can defend yourself with lethal force and not be held accountable. The idea is that thieves mostly operate at night and you cannot discern what their intentions are in the dark therefore it is justifiable to kill if necessary to prevent an atrocity such as rape, murder, etc.
In case two, if “the sun has risen on him” you are guilty for killing the intruder. In the daytime you can discern the intentions of the criminal and if he is there to commit assault or something worse, you can kill to defend yourself and your family. Basically, if your life is at risk God condones the use of lethal force.
Consider the following passages:
Now there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, “Lest the Hebrews make swords or spears.”… So it came about, on the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people who were with Saul and Jonathan. But they were found with Saul and Jonathan his son. -1 Samuel 13:19-22
Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight. -Psalm 144:1
He teaches my hands to make war, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. -Psalm 18:34
The use of weapons for the purpose of personal self-defense is legitimized in the Bible as are the use of tools for construction, cooking or transportation. While believers aren’t necessarily required to arm themselves, nothing in God’s word reflects the anti-gun rhetoric espoused by most leftists.
Do you want God to protect you? Of course. Then don’t tempt Him by saying, “The Lord will protect me, I don’t need a gun.” That’s like the man who says, “A storm is coming, but I don’t need an umbrella; God will protect me,” all the while ignoring the real protection God has provided for him – the common sense to get an umbrella or come in out of the rain. In dangerous times such as those in which we live today, God clearly speaks to us – both in Scripture and through good old fashioned common sense – about being prepared to protect and defend ourselves, our families and our neighbors. –David Kupelian