I am seeing a lot of things right now suggesting that God is missing from places because there is no public display of his presence. What is the reason for this? A debate about gun violence. I don’t understand how this sort of a message gets started.
A young man attacked a school with a gun and killed many people. This is a tragedy and a very challenging discussion to have. We are weighing our constitution in the United States against the Word of God. God says those who live by the sword will die by the sword. Replace sword with guns, because the weapon of choice at the time was a sword and now it is a gun. Jesus says do not resist an evil person, if they strike you on the cheek, turn the other cheek. I don’t think this message from Jesus can be interpreted as if someone strikes you on the cheek, strike them back.
But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.
The national discussion about guns should be weighing two things, our personal and national protection vs safety of citizens. The Christian discussion should be about putting our protective guns down and never picking them up again. Guns for hunting is one thing; I don’t believe God is against hunting and weapons used for that purpose. There are many instances in the bible which speak about hunting with bow and arrow. However, guns to be used against other people is against what God wants of us.
One of our Christian forefathers who carried the torch in this world on behalf of our Lord, Jesus Christ, spoke additional words supporting what Jesus himself said about not resisting an evil person. The Apostle Paul wrote:
2 Corinthians 10
2 I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
We shouldn’t be advocating for guns. That is a debate for unbelievers. We should be on the side of comforting those who have lost their children (showing love). We should be supporting those who have been violently attacked. I am not saying we should be telling them about our thoughts and prayers, but we should be telling each other that these real people deserve to be heard. We should be telling our friends and family to stop attacking people who just lost their children, spouse, or friends.
We all have to fight the fear of death every day. I sometimes fear death not for selfish reasons, but because I want to be there for my family. I think many of us fear death for that same reason, but faith requires that we stop. God’s will be done; this is our hope. I have to remember that when I fear death for my family’s sake. God will not punish my family after my death, he will comfort them and give them all that they need. We have to believe that.
So back to the real reason I started this post. God allowed an evil person to shoot up a school because God is not allowed in it? What a foolish thing to think and say. No one and no thing in this world can prevent God’s presence anywhere. God is not prohibited by separation of church and state. Practicing religion is something that has been a part of this world since the beginning. Being tolerant of the beliefs of others is part of that. Our faith must be taught by us and the church community we are part of. I don’t want a public teacher or school to create my child’s view of Christianity; that is my job. It is my job to teach my children about Christ and about the love taught in the Bible.
Love, Hope, and Faith. Without these three things we have nothing at all. All three are missing when you say God allowed a shooting to take place because he is not allowed in that place.
If you are one of those people saying this, I ask you from a place of love and respect to please stop. Brother or sister, please find a way to share your love, share your hope in Christ, and to have faith in God in the face of terrifying situations.