DON'T TAKE YOUR GUNS TO TOWN- PART 2
(Trussville, AL USA)
Don't Take Your Guns To Town
Please read (Romans 13:1-7) in prep for this blog.
According to church history, in the 18th century, the English politician William Wilberforce felt the call to preach after becoming a believer. We should pray for more liked minded individuals. Government authorities who will seek to serve the gospel interest with such integrity.
Many essays have been written by our nation`s foremost authorities in support of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. And the Second Amendment is just as applicable today as it was when it was first penned. All free people have the right to defend themselves, their families, communities, and nation. In 1789 it applied to the freedom to keep and bear arms just as it does today. The technological advances of the past two centuries do not make that principle obsolete any more than computerized printing cancels the First Amendment.
Like William Wilberforce, we should strive for such attributes as daily self-examination, prayer, more devotionals, and the recognition of the importance of a more spiritual minded government.
Government, like religious denominations, have something in common, but they both still remain human unities. Our sovereign God will always remain in authority, as an instrument of such authorities. Thus, the writings of Americas' founding fathers.
Yes, we Christians are subject to abide by the same laws as are the unsaved. As such, we all have certain inalienable rights, under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, to protect ourselves and our families against aggression. It was never the intent of Christianity to give up or die by means of an evil sword. So, as by law, we all do have the absolute right to self-defense.
We all face difficult challenges daily, whether living for Christ Jesus (James 1:2-4) or yielding to the trickery of Satan's influence (Ephesians 6:12), which leaves the streets and our safety in the hands of the criminals of evil disposition. So, what do you think?
What is your choice? (Philippians 1:21) Regardless of one's spiritual standing, there is no Biblical basis for personal revenge, hatred or political persuasion. Your opinion, please!
Jesus often taught that all citizens, Christians, and non-Christians alike, should obey the law of the land. In (Matthew 22:21) Jesus sets the framework of how we Christians should think about Christianity and the state (government) even today. The government does have certain lawful rights to which we owe our civil authority, our respect and the appropriate obedience. But this obedience is limited to what belongs to God. (Acts 5:29) Contrary to some modern-day thinking, the government is not God. Only God is God (Isaiah 45:11) and that makes the state subordinated and accountable only to the living God. Thus, government is accountable to God as to its treatment of mankind. And this decree has not changed, throughout history. (Hebrews 13:8) Why then, would this same dictate not apply to the laws of our land including the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution?
I understand the Christian community may be frustrated over the complete issue of "gun control." We are not privileged to know God's sovereign plans for our lives. God sometimes uses good and evil or believers and unbelievers to affect His divine will or purpose, as He has an eternal purpose for all aspects of our lives. He may be using this particular "gun control" issue to band Christians together (Galatians 5:13), or maybe so that Christians may see this as an opportunity to witnesses of God's final eternal plans for this age. (Isaiah 55:11)
You see, this type action may just be playing into the determined will of God which includes His unchangeable plans for the world. As the sovereign ruler, He is in total control — no government rises to power, or no government laws are enforced unless He allows it (1 Chronicles 29:11). He is determined to carry out the plan that He developed long before Creation. (Acts 15: 18) Consequently, we should pray that this gun control crisis be concluded for the betterment of both believers (Isaiah 30:21) and non-believers (1 Peter 2:15), as well.