“If you know and love Jesus and are going to spend eternity in Heaven with him, why does the idea of not having guns anymore scare you so much?” Gun control activist Taylor Schumann asks this question in her book When Thoughts and Prayers Aren’t Enough. A section of the book was later published as an article in Christianity Today. Throughout the piece, it becomes apparent how Mrs. Schumann perceives and portrays guns as being the perpetrators of violence instead of being tools used by the living, breathing perpetrators.
Guns in themselves are inanimate objects. However, it is a lot more comforting to isolate one single factor of a broad and complex issue and cast blame on it than to acknowledge that human actions (and ultimately, sin) are at the root of the problem. The fact we have no control over the actions of others is discomforting when we realize we can be victims of that action. It is significantly more complex to tackle human behavior than to call for restricting access to guns.
The sinful human behavior at the root is still left unsolved, and it will manifest itself either by people purchasing guns illegally or even using other weapons. A criminal who is willing to break the law by taking the life of an innocent human being will not be deterred by a few regulations, or even a total ban, on firearms.
A good example of that is in England and Wales where private ownership of a firearm is significantly more difficult than anywhere in the United States. In spite of that, knife crime has gone significantly up, and that is proof that the instruments used are not the problem: the criminal who pulls the trigger is.
Schumann’s argument that if we know Jesus as our Savior then we shouldn’t be afraid of not having guns makes absolutely no sense at all. As if our faith in Jesus means that Christians should just willingly die at the hands of anyone who would try to kill us is one of the most illogical, asinine arguments ever made. It’s also contrary to what Scripture says. Scripture actually shows that Jesus endorses self-defense.
Exodus 22:2 (ESV) states, “If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him,” meaning that acting in defense is justified. Likewise, Luke 22:36 says, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.” In biblical times, swords were the main method of self-defense. Owning a sword then was similar to owning a gun now. Here, Jesus tells His disciples to go and buy swords. If Jesus is opposed to people owning weapons, then why would He tell His disciples to go and buy them? He knew that there would be times where they would be in danger and they would need a way to defend themselves.
We live in a fallen world that presents different forms of danger every day. There will always be people who are looking to cause harm. The Bible acknowledges this too. Ecclesiastes 3:8 says that there is “a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.” Mark 13:7 says, “And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet.”
Both passages speak to the fact that there will always be violence in the world until the time that God brings it to a close. As such, Christians – along with all people – need to be able to protect themselves against harm that will come.
Not having guns will not do anything to stop this harm or even lessen it. It will just take away a reliable form of defense for law-abiding people. Schumann seems to imply that anyone who supports gun rights is fine with gun violence occurring. This could not be further from the truth. Christians do not condone gun violence and never will. Killing innocent people is not something that we ever want to see happen.
At the same time, supporting gun ownership as a method of self-defense is not antithetical to Christianity. We as Christians have the right to protect ourselves. When it is our time to die, it will happen and we’ll rejoice because we know we’ll be in a far better place than this earth. But we should never use that as a reason to allow ourselves to choose death over life at the first sign of danger.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.