The recent tragedy in Tucson, Arizona killed 6, including a 9-year-old girl and a federal judge. Congresswoman Giffords was wounded along with 13 others. My prayers are with all the families. It is very much Christians’ business whenever someone tries to steal the powers of life and death from God. We know that eternal life means no one can really steal that power, but God’s servants must express God’s anger at murder.
That’s why guns are anti-Christian.
I don’t mean to politicize a tragedy. I am trying to prevent another. The shooter was not, to my knowledge, a Christian. But if we had done a better job sharing the Good News to all, baptizing the nations in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, he would’ve been.
But putting that aside, no Christian should’ve sold a gun. No Christian should’ve allowed a civilian gun to be legal in the state of Arizona. Guns are not the only weapons used to kill people, true, but they’re the only non-military weapon that’s sole purpose is to kill and injure. They are violent by nature in a way that a knife or ax is not. Guns are evil – not just by use, but by nature.
Jesus was a pacifist. “Turn the other cheek,” he said. He preached forgiveness, not eye for an eye. Not once did he resist his horrid execution because he knew God’s will was for him was to be nonviolent.
I know that many Christians own guns, many of whom I know. I also know many of them never intend to hurt a human being with them. But the risk is too high. A beloved pastime or a family tradition are not worth an accident. Or worse, a gun falling into malicious hands.
The refrain is that guns don’t kill people; people kill people. Tell that to the widows and orphans of Tuscon.