We live in a day and age where school shootings, terrorism and gun-violence, have become a common occurrence. More so than ever, the topic of “gun control” has been thrust to the forefront in the media, and is even brought up frequently in normal every-day conversation. This topic has polarized society, and has left many Christians struggling with their convictions on whether it is acceptable in the eyes of God for them to carry or own guns; or really, all weapons.
– Old Testament prophecy about the coming of God’s Kingdom on earth – His church.
– “They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.”
– God always intended for His New Testament people to be non-violent. Contrary to the Old Testament, God’s people would no longer expand through war but through the proclamation of His word.
Is It Wrong To Own Weapons?
Luke 22:35-38, 49-51
– Jesus tells His disciples to get a sword, and if they didn’t have one, to buy one.
– There is much debate as to why Jesus gave this direction to His apostles. Some scholars think Jesus said this just to make a point about non-violence to Peter later on, as He knew that Peter would end up using his sword to cut off Malchus’ ear. (John 18:10) Other scholars suggest that Jesus hadn’t prayed to get surrendered to dying on the cross yet, and so perhaps He was preparing for a decision not to die for human-kind.
– These ideas are arguable, but it is quite clear that Jesus was not against owning weapons.
Self-Defense Vs. Self-Denial:
– Jesus clearly teaches not to resist an evil person.
– This is not only seen in Jesus’ direction to His disciples, but also in the examples of the first-century disciples throughout the scriptures. Not one of the disciples who were getting persecuted in the Scriptures is recorded fighting back. Instead, they “joyfully accepted” mistreatment at the hands of their persecutors with zero push-back! (Hebrews 10:32-34)
– We don’t need weapons to defend ourselves because we don’t need to defend ourselves.
II Corinthians 10:3-6
-We don’t fight physical battles the way the world does. Instead, we fight spiritual battles. Therefore, we do not need physical weapons but spiritual ones!
-Spiritual weapons (ie. The Word of God) are much more powerful than any physical weapon.
It is not biblically wrong to own guns. Used recreationally and for hunting, there are actually are some positive reasons to own a gun. However, they should never be used to hurt or harm another person – even if that person is intending to harm us or others. Therefore, given the temptation that owning a gun might bring – in particular if someone is trying to harm us – it is simply better not to own one. “For all who draw the sword will die by the sword.” (Matthew 26:52)