GUN CONTROL REVISITED
by paul hoffmaster
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GUN CONTROL REVISITED
The litany of words and phrases that pertain to the issue of armaments, both as a Constitutional right and a moral obligation, have littered the eyeways and earways of American society. The call to legislate with rules and laws seems to follow the Biblical story of Peter on the Mount of Transfiguration. When he saw Jesus talking with Moses and Elijah, he suggested that they build “three tabernacles.” The Bible states he said that because he didn’t know what else to say, “for they were sore afraid.” (Mark 9: 2-6) Today people are driven not only by fear of the unknown, but also by the pain of an experienced tragedy. People are so confused with uncertainty, fear, anger and suffering that they feel they must do something, even though it is an action of unknown destiny. It must be realized that legislating morality and ethics is like giving a parking ticket to a terrorist. The lawless will not be governed by laws. Drug laws have done little to stop the spread of counter cultural pharmaceuticals.
Background checks, certain gun sequestering, as well as limiting the capacities of ammunition clips will certainly help the law abiding citizens to continue to regulate their law abiding ways. But what effect will that have on the lawless? Laws help to define and establish a society of order. But laws cannot guarantee compliance. The Old Testament of the Bible contains the laws of God. As it is read, there is an immediate awareness of the failure of the people to comply with its rules and regulations. Again and again, God brings His chastisement upon the disobedient. Today our jails and prisons are filled with “law breakers.” Passing more laws will not bring a solution to America’s misuse of guns. The one good thing it will do is bring a jump in the construction industry as more and more confinement structures will be built.
What than is the answer? It is not outward rules and regulations that will change our fast deteriorating society. For so long America has been taking small steps away from the reality of God. Tragically many have failed to see the shifting tide. But now the insignificant nuisances of the anti God movements have taken a sudden and dramatic turn. Now it is no longer little and subtle changes but a deliberate attack against God and His standards. Everything from cohabitation, same sex unions, legalized drugs, and lack of morals and ethics in the entertainment industry, has pushed the only answer to the restoration of America out of the equation.
Nero fiddled while Rome burned, then blamed the destruction on the Christians. Today Believers fiddle while America is self destructing, and then blame it on sinful men. It is time to stop condemning, and start commending the misinformed to the One who will guide them. It is time to come out of our “closets” and announce we are Believers who trust in the living God. Christians need to show the Gospel more than speak the Gospel. There needs to be a change of heart, not a change of laws to stem lawlessness in this great country. If the Church has the answer than it must give it! If it is part of the problem, than it must ask God to forgive us. Share the LOVE of God, not the LAWS of God. When man experiences Divine love, he will learn to live by God’s laws.
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