Thursday, May 2

Jesus is very clear in his example: Put down your sword (gun)

For context, I quote part of Matthew 26 (NIV), where Jesus is arrested (betrayed by Judas), and a follower of Jesus attacks one of the arresting guards with a sword:
47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: "The one I kiss is the man; arrest him." 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed him.
50 Jesus replied, "Do what you came for, friend."
Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51 With that, one of Jesus' companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
52 "Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?"
We have all seen verse 52 used in support of gun control—and I agree wholeheartedly with this interpretation. There is no second-guessing Jesus' words here. But I want to extend this point a bit: When Jesus says, "Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?" he is emphasizing to Christians, by example, that they ARE NOT to strike down other humans, rather THEY ARE TO LEAVE THINGS IN GOD'S HANDS.

If you are a Christian, and somehow think that you should be armed for self-defense or any other reason, you are living a life full of both irony and hypocrisy. Please, follow the teachings of Jesus, your exemplar.

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