For my fellow Christians…
Brother and sisters, we need to have a talk. Since the massacre in Charleston last week, I have seen some pretty shocking things being said about what should happen in churches or how things could have gone differently if someone in the church had been armed or maybe, just maybe the pastor shouldn’t have voted against guns.
Which, let’s just stop for a minute right here and address that last one. People that is nothing but someone using a tragedy to further their own political agenda. It makes me sick to my stomach, and regardless of what you believe, you should find that as disgusting as I do. Attacking someone who died because they didn’t agree with your political platform is heinous. Period.
Now, let’s get back to the other thing I wanted us to talk about. Guns in Churches. Are you kidding me with this? Are you serious with this argument that pastors should pull out a gun Dirty Harry style and ask someone if they feel lucky? For real? If you are then we need to revisit John 18. Here’s what went down…
Jesus and the disciples were hanging out in the garden talking things over when some soldiers arrived and started questioning them. Now, Jesus knew what was coming. He had been planning on this happening since day one. He answered that’s who he was.
Now Peter, who had always thought that Jesus was going to be some kind of warrior, thought this was it. Time to fight. He jumped out with his sword and cut the ear off the high priest’s servant.
Then Jesus was all, “Are you serious right now? Did you really just do that? Put that sword away. Have you not been listening to everything I taught you about turning the other cheek and loving your neighbor. I told you this was going to happen. Do you have a problem with God’s plan?”
Now, I have paraphrased this a bit, but you can read it for yourself. As a matter of fact, please do go back and read it for yourself. I’m pretty sure that some of you have forgotten this lesson.
We like to walk around with those WWJD bracelets and talk about how we love Jesus and follow his teachings, but then some of you come and talk about carrying guns in church and shooting people (maybe you should also bone up on the commandments while you’re at it). Now do you really think that’s what Jesus would do? If you do you are wrong.
Jesus is the Prince of Peace, not the prince of packing heat.
The Bible warns us about false prophets. Now is a good time to separate the leaders who are fluff from those who are faithful. The faithful will be teaching you about love. They will be leading you in prayer for the victims and their families. They will be telling you to examine yourself for sin, not to examine others for theirs.
I know it is easy to be like Peter. We want to adopt the teachings that fit the way we think and believe. But that is wrong. You cannot pick and choose. You have to take them all together. And over and over and over again we see that Jesus was about love. If you aren’t, then maybe you aren’t a Christian.