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CLARITY – 4-24-18 Irrelevant Seizure


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-24-18


Irrelevant Seizure


What’s Happening:  “Apparently it didn’t matter that the Antioch, Tennessee shooter had his AR-15 rifle seized in Illinois only months prior…returned by police to his father, and subsequently to him, it still killed at least four and wounded others. Stricter gun laws would have been irrelevant. Of course, that doesn’t change the tragedy of what happened last Sunday ( ‘Among those weapons seized by those authorities (in Illinois) was the AR-15 rifle used at the Waffle House today,’ said Don Aaron, spokesman for Nashville’s finest.”


Knee-Jerk Response:  “Which is why we should confiscate all firearms”


Biblical Response:  “Even that would probably not have helped (if that were even possible). If someone is bent on taking lives, he’ll get a gun (or, as in Toronto yesterday, rent a van…surely we’re not advocating van control!)  Then, there are those who are deterred from robbing a home because they are afraid to encounter an armed homeowner…that deterrence would be gone if all guns were confiscated.”


“Christians? Although the Bible was written before guns were invented, there is no indication in Scripture either of sword control. In fact, when Jesus was preparing to go to the cross, he warned His disciples that they would encounter opposition in this world and that there would come a time when a sword would be preferable to a cloak (Luke 22:35-38). Of course, there will also come a time when swords will be melted down to form plowshares (Isaiah 2:4, Joel 3:10, etc.), but that time isn’t yet. Till then, we have an obligation to defend our families (1 Tim. 5:8).”


Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to know when to defend ourselves, to defend others, or lay down our defenses in favor of sacrifice; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent


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