Billie Silvey
As a lifelong committed Christian, I can't understand
why all Christians don't support efforts to reduce the
number of guns on our streets and in our homes.

How can followers of the Prince of Peace, of a God
who commanded, "Thou shalt not kill," oppose efforts
to reduce the incidence of murder?

I marvel at the sophistry of those who would
distinguish between killing and murder.  The result of
either is that a person, created in God's image, is
dead at another person's hand.

But I guess the most confusing thing of all is why
some of the very people who are most vociferous in
support of the rights of the unborn seem less
concerned about the right to continue living of those
already here.

As Christians we should take care not to do anything
that might injure another person.  Accidents are one
thing; to fill your house with deadly weapons is malice
aforethought.  You can't be certain that a child won't
play with them or a thief steal them or a gun go off
accidentally while you're cleaning or carrying it.

Jesus tells us how to treat each other:

"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor
and hate your enemy.'  But I tell you: Love your
enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that
you may be sons (and daughters) of your Father in
heaven" (Matthew 5:43).

"Do not repay anyone evil for evil . . . .  If it is
possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace
with everyone" (Romans 12:17, 19).

And he warns, "For all who draw the sword (gun) will
die by the sword (gun)" (Matthew 26:2).

The paranoia that can lead to an obsession with guns
shouldn't be part of a Christian's makeup.  We
shouldn't be afraid of each other.  "So we can say
with confidence, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not be
afraid.  What can man do to me'" (Hebrews 13:6).

Fear represents a lack of love for others.  We must
learn to see them as our equals, as children of God,
created in his image and saved by his grace.

Fear represents a lack of confidence in God.  "Do not
be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the
soul.  Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy
both soul and body in hell" (Matthew 10:28).

There is a great gulf between the law of God and the
law of the land.  America's laws are written by people
who have all the foibles the law of God is intended to
protect us against.

When there's a conflict, "we ought to obey God
rather than man" (Acts  5:29), no matter what the
Constitution may say about our right to bear arms in a
family restaurant.
January 2013
What Kills?