â€œThe fact that we can\’t prevent every act of violence doesn\’t mean we can\’t steadily reduce the violence.â€ President Barack Obama declared just 5 days after the Newtown, Connecticut shootings.
Just weeks later, a 15-year-old girl, Hadiya Pendletonâ€”who had one week earlier performed at the Presidential inaugurationâ€”was fatally shot by stray bullets while standing on the streets of the city she and President Obama call home, Chicago, Il.
In the wake of the rampant gun violence, Americans are talking about just how far to go to keep ourselves safe. Some suggest training teachers to use firearms and placing armed guards in every school. Some advocate increased background checks of gun buyers.
â€œWe care about our money, so we protect our banks with armed guards,â€ saysÂ NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. â€œYet when it comes to the most beloved, innocent and vulnerable members of the American family â€“ our children â€“ we as a society leave them utterly defenseless, and the monsters and predators of this world know it and exploit it. That must change now!â€
As Christians, we would quickly echo the sentiments of Psalm 119:114: “You are my defender and protector; I put my hope in your promise”, yet, the application of that principle varies from home to home.
Is it right for Christians to have guns in their homes? Is it tantamount to admitting that God alone is not enough to keep us safe? Or, is the exercise of our Second Amendment, “Right to Bear Arms” morally neutralâ€”not weighing at all on our confidence in God as our protector?
What do you think?