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Re: Jesus and Guns

The news tells of how guns and ammo are "flying" off the store shelves these days. Guns that used to be $500.00 are now into the 'thousands' of dollars. And ammo is selling so fast that there is a shortage for the needs of Law Enforcement.

So....in such a climate...it used to be asked WWJD? (What would Jesus do?) Back a few years ago when SUVs and super trucks were the big thing it was, "What would Jesus drive?" So, what about guns?

In Jesus' own words...

    "Then He said to them, But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one." (Lk22:36)
Oh, goodie goodie....let's all go out and start shooting at targets! Hmmm? When I was a young teen, living on the farm in NDakota, puttering around one day, plinking at this and that, I once successfully hit the back end of a .22 sitting on top of a fence post with a BB gun from a fair distance (I was that good a shot with stationery objects), and sent the exploding .22 shell flying randomly over my head to where it hit the house. (good thing it didn't come flying back to hit -me-!) Well, Jesus also says...
    "But Jesus said to [Peter], Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword." (Mt26:52)
And in so-saying, Jesus proceeded on to be crucified.

So, as we see things looming, do we as christians take-up-arms and fight? There are some standing behind some pulpits as "preachers", giving (so-called) 'history' lessons, telling how it was the colonial 'preachers' (the black regiment) who raised the battle cry that won our independence from Britain. After all, that's part of why we are called a "christian nation".

Anybody remembering this month's article? "Church and State" This is -NOT- a "Christian" nation.

When Jesus was standing before Pilate, discussing "politics" with him; remember Pilate could have cared less about Christianity, Judaism, Confusianism, etc.etc; he was a Roman ruler concerned about treason and insurrection. When he brings Jesus out to the mobs his verdict is, "I find no fault in this man" (Lk23:4, Jn18:38, 19:4,6) No political wrong-doing. And what had been Jesus' testimony to Pilate?

    "Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here. Pilate therefore said to Him, Are You a king then? Jesus answered, You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born, and for this I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the Truth. Everyone who is of the Truth hears My voice. Pilate said to Him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, I find no fault in Him at all. (Jn18:36-38)
In other words: I'm no political threat to you and your governorship. One of the threats and lies from Jesus' accusors was,
    "If you let this Man go, you are not Caesar’s friend. Everyone making himself a king speaks against Caesar." (Jn19:12)
So... let me share two recent conversations I had, with two different subscribers....see if you can discern my reasonings and conclusions...

The one lives in a part of the country where if a person walks around WITHOUT a gun strapped to their side, it is almost wondered what is wrong with them. Well...maybe not -quite- like that. But a person seen carrying is not thought to be "out-of-place" for doing so. Apparently there is enough open range, and there is a problem with wild pigs, that in order to "thin" down the population, wild-bore hunting is open season. And apparently they will fly in helecopters and shoot wild bores from the air. And I was invited to come down there and go hunting. And as we communicated about guns and things, thinking about the possibility of going to war, he made a comment that he and I would be out there side-by-side, taking up the banner, fighting our political enemies. I think he was also the person who told me about the movie "Red Dawn", which I had gone to see.

But has God called me to engage in guerilla warfare? Or to live a

    "quiet and peacable life in all Godliness and dignity"? (1Ti2:2)
With another subscriber the communication has been more of a somber analysis of current events and how the government has their -EYE- on people. The way the internet is, anybody who does more than simply going to work, and going home...anybody who -SAYS- anything, especially electronically, has a 'footprint' that anybody can trace, if they are of a mind to do so. And especially if that communication is in the area of cerain topics....such as political or religion. Depending on the time-frame, and how quickly the world system gets around to squelching free speech...those who refuse the beast's "mark"...what is the consequence? To be beheaded. (Re20:4)

So I suggested to this subscriber that perhaps his guillotine and mine will be situated side-by-side...??