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Gun Control and God

By H.W. Bass

Every person who is carrying an assault rifle down the street or carrying their Desert Eagle .50 caliber into a coffee shop believes they have a right to do so under the Constitution. However, many of those people don’t realize that their free will comes at a cost to them. Even when people are perfectly-well-intentioned, there is no way to know if their free will is going to have consequences down the line. Even the greatest things that we do could have consequences we did not foresee, and the same goes with carrying guns in places we shouldn’t.

The question is simple: Does God care about gun control? Yes, yes he does. He cares about everything, and He knows that people ought to have a right to defend themselves. However, he also knows that there is a big difference between the elderly person who shoots a home invader and the person who is using a fully-automatic assault rifle at the beginning of squirrel season.

The Bible says that we may be serving angels, unaware of who they are. In the same light, we may be scaring away angels when you do not know who they are. Imagine if you are so-inclined to carry a gun in protest down the street or into a coffee shop. Every angel in that shop who had something for you is going to feel compelled to leave or stay away from your area simply because you felt you had the right to bear arms.

However, because you have free will, couldn’t you have carried a concealable weapon on your person that no one can see, but one that you could defend yourself with if necessary? You could be an angel to, helping someone in need, but you can’t help them when they are afraid of you. Food for thought, my friends.

About Joel Bauer

Joel M. Bauer is a 49-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Dunn, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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One comment

  1. I never thought of it from the angel perspective. This is a good point. In arming oneself with the purpose to defend, one could repel someone God has put in our path who needs to know the Lord. We do have the right to defend ourselves. But we need to remember that God is capable of doing an infinitely better job defending us than we ever could. We are here for His purpose, we need not be fearful.

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