Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Second Amendment from a Christian Viewpoint

Second Amendment - A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

In the context of colonial times, a well regulated Militia was not a police force, it was not a military force, it was made up of 'the people'. Farmers, teachers, pastors and more. In George Washington's first state of the Union speech he said,

"Among the many interesting objects which will engage your attention, that of providing for the common defence will merit particular regard. To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace. A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well digested plan is requisite: And their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent on others, for essential, particularly for military supplies."

It is clear that the Second Amendment was granting the right to 'the people' to keep and bear arms, not to a police force. Liberals would have us believe that's what the Founding Fathers meant certainly not advocating the arming of the average citizen. Washington saw a government with too much power as a threat to freedom. An armed man is a citizen, an unarmed man is a subject.

Some Christians object to the Second Amendment and say that the Holy Spirit would never allow them to use a weapon to harm another human being. Fine. If that's how they feel about it, they shouldn't carry a gun at all. I look at the Second Amendment as being more than a right, it is an obligation. A society armed against the criminals is a peaceful society. I have an obligation to my family to protect them from harm. I have an obligation to this country to be a responsible gun owner. I do not believe that should the situation call for a life and death decision on my part that I should just throw up my arms screaming 'Praise Jesus' and accepting someone's attack on me as God's sign that my time is up, I'm going to take it as a sign that his time is up and I am going to defend my life to the death. I will defend the lives of my wife and children and will not hesitate to eliminate the threat.

The Bible says that one who does not provide for his family is worse than an unbeliever, so I have an obligation to continue living, if only to protect them from harm. For those who wish to pray for the thug who is pointing his gun at them with the intent to kill, fine.

As Christians, we have a responsibility to fight to keep our Country Free. Our free country is the one other nations run to when there's been a disaster. Our free nation is the one that keeps missionaries around the world in food and clothing because they have gone into hostile territory. If we cease to be free as a nation we will cease to be a blessing to these other nations. Dictatorships and Socialist nations weaken, persecute and kill Christians. If our republic is in danger from within or without, Christians have the obligation to stand against that happening, if we don't, we will quickly lose these freedoms and end up in a country that will imprison, persecute and kill us.

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