Pastors Urge Love and Not Guns

A pastor and author from Illinois urges evangelicals to be more flexible in their opinions on the gun control debate following the Connecticut shooting earlier this month, warning that some might otherwise think “we love our guns more than our neighbors.”

There is no straightforward biblical imperative for or against guns, argues Daniel Darling, the senior pastor of Gages Lake Bible Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, in his article on CNN’s Belief Blog.

At times, the Bible seems to affirm the right to self-defense. For instance, when Jesus famously told Peter to put down his sword during Jesus’ arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, he didn’t tell Peter to destroy the sword but put it in its rightful place.

However, Scripture is pretty clear that Christians must also be advocates for the sanctity of human life, adds Darling, author of Real: Owning Your Christian Faith. “This doesn’t simply apply to abortion but to any unlawful taking of human life. Advocating for life also includes taking care of children’s and others’ well-being after they are born.”

So why can’t followers of Christ support sensible restrictions, such as a ban on military-style combat weapons? “These weapons seem to serve no purpose other than the glorification of violence,” the pastor says. “New gun laws won’t prevent every future crime, but perhaps a few common-sense regulations would help destroy a culture of violence that so tempts young troubled men.”


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