Three Reasons the Bible Is Not Pro-Gun Control

By most accounts, I am not even “old,” and yet I feel old enough to say it is time to take the gloves off. I want to maintain what grammarians might call a syntax of gentleness, but truth is important too. This might be more true than gentle. We’ll see.

First: You’re a sucker, or what Jesus called a sheep, if you think the Bible has anything to say one way or the other about gun control. Just sayin.’ It is not pro-gun anymore than it is anti-gun. In fact, in all my reading of the Bible, in the words of three different languages and many more different dialects of English, I have never come across the word gun. Let this first point, then, be a lesson from a friend: don’t play the fool.

Second: The Bible is most certainly pro-death and it is most certainly anti-death. We die. All of us. If any written words have ever been indubitably aware of this fact, they are found in the Bible. This is a good thing. Only upon understanding this situation can we begin to see the invisible, to see the spiritual.

Third: One way– *one*–that I, the-looking-through-the-dim-mirror-sheep-that-I-am, view the school shootings is through the story in the end of the book of Judges wherein some Israelite’s concubine was raped and abused through the night by men from another tribe of Israelites with whom they were staying, presumably for safety. She ends up dead, lying at the threshold of the man’s door in the morning. He then chops her up into twelve pieces and sends a piece to each of the twelve tribes of Israel and the recipients say, “Nothing like this has ever happened or been seen from the day when the sons of Israel came up from the land of Egypt to this day. Consider it, take counsel and speak up!” At this, civil war was the determination. The LORD did not spare his own people.

The reason that comes to mind is because of the emphasis it has on that the atrocity was committed by their own people–their own family, as it were. While our culture isn’t as segmented by bloodlines as those ancient cultures, I am comfortable with saying that when some current or former student murders his own classmates, in his own town etc. that it is similar enough to be meaningfully the same.

A lot of you like to say, “History repeats itself.” Or, “Those ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it.” Bullocks, I say. History does not repeat itself, nor are any two situations ever the same. But the LORD is righteous and he will not tolerate sin for forever. Accordingly, from today forward we can give future historians the data they need to record how these shootings turned out to be the preamble to civil war (or the less extreme, more simple crumbling of Western civilization), or we can give future historians the data they need to record how these shootings turned out to be the warnings we heeded to return to the LORD. The future has never been done before. I say let’s return to the LORD. (The Bible does talk about this being welcomed by him–every time.)

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4 comments

  1. noelleg44

    Lovingly thoughtful. But people do repeat bad acts if they are not cognizant of what happened before. So I do believe history can repeat itself. What did the Germans learn from WWI? And they repeated it, but worse in WWII. Maybe that’s too simplistic…
    It’s the same reason I oppose taking down Confederate Memorials – we have to recognize what was wrong, accept it, and move on, not hide it away.

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    • greenpete58

      No offense, noelleg44, but I think your Confederate monument analogy misses the point. While I agree with your statement about remembering history’s horrors, Confederate memorials were erected, and many still stand, not to remind us of the sins of our ancestors, but rather to HONOR those ancestors and obscure their reason for fighting (which was to remove themselves from the union to preserve their economic way of life, i.e. slavery). They were erected by Southerners deliberately to assuage their anger and pain at losing the war and as part of promoting and celebrating a supposedly glorious “Lost Cause.” Not incidentally, many Confederate flags were raised in state capitals deliberately to counter the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s (I’m a Civil War buff, and a number of articles and books have been written on this subject).

      Please don’t kid yourself that these monuments are there for us “to recognize what was wrong…” These monuments, at least those intended to show Confederate soldiers and leaders as glorious crusaders, are repellant to many people in the U.S. There’s a reason that the alt-right is fighting efforts to remove these visual eyesores (many of these racist radicals have scant knowledge, and could care less about Civil War history). There’s a reason one doesn’t see Nazi swastikas displayed in public places in Germany, too.

      Removing monuments and flags doesn’t “hide it away,” rather it removes what have become painful symbols to many people and a gruesome cause celébre to others. The historical stain is still there, and can’t be removed, and it’s good we remember it (just like Nazism). Here’s a good article on the subject: https://www.history.com/news/how-the-u-s-got-so-many-confederate-monuments.

      Thanks for listening.

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  2. Lawrence

    Well said. People need the LORD and people need to read the Bible – over and over to really understand what God has told us. The answers are before us, yet we need to take action to prevent these senseless acts. Read your Bible.

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