Can Gun Laws Save Us From Our Wicked Hearts?

Are more restrictive laws on guns enough to save us from our wicked hearts?

There is no reason to re-invent the wheel, this post sums up my feelings about gun violence really well. We must acknowledge our sinful nature and our depravity if we hope to address mass shootings with a solution that will actually help.

As Christians we know that laws don’t stop us from sinning, they simply inform us of our need for a Savior. For whatever reason this knowledge doesn’t stop us from looking to laws for salvation in the political realm.

I tend to believe that American society has lost a grip on morality and the value of human life. When a disturbed individual wants to express how hurt they are, a moral construct doesn’t exist to stop them from killing strangers.

Check out this post by Life Through Lutheran Lenses “We Have a Heart Problem” and let me know what you think. I think this is an important conversation to have, I look forward to hearing from you.

16 thoughts on “Can Gun Laws Save Us From Our Wicked Hearts?

    1. Thank you for writing it, it’s a great post because it calls us back to the foundation of our faith – the finished work of Jesus. Christ offers eternal life to all the suffering surrounding mass shootings. Grieving families can find hope in Christ. The lone wolf that is depressed and contemplating a mass shooting can only be saved by the hope that Christ gives.

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  1. Very great. Good job 💚💙

    On Wed, Aug 7, 2019 at 1:50 PM The Sullivan Spin wrote:

    > sullivanspin posted: ” There is no reason to re-invent the wheel, this > post sums up my feelings about gun violence really well. We must > acknowledge our sinful nature and our depravity if we hope to address mass > shootings with a solution that will actually help. As Christ” >

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  2. Those of us who are Christians subscribe to a higher authority than the constitution, than our state and federal laws; yes indeed. And yet Jesus Christ, the author of our faith, tells us to render unto Cesar what is Cesar’s. In other words–to obey the law.
    Obviously there were laws that Jesus’ followers did not like and did not believe in under the rule of Cesar. As Christians we also contend with laws that are anti-Christian. Gun laws are NOT anti-Christian. And though I don’t advocate this personally, I know that complete and total gun control is NOT anti-Christian either.
    Christians who support the death penalty always reference the scripture Romans 13:4:
    For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.
    It is the same with gun laws. Common sense gun laws will not save every life that depraved individuals are determined to take, but they undeniably will save lives. How can those of us who are pro-life Christians (myself) clamor for anti abortion laws and shrug our shoulders at, or oppose, common sense gun laws? That view point is inconsistent with our pledge to protect life.

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    1. You make some great points allthingsthriller, I appreciate the comment. Christians are called to love and value life. At times the pro-lifer that fights for gun rights can seem incongruent in their values, but I would bet the motive for gun rights is freedom (lack of government interference) and not primarily concerned with the preservation of human life. Maybe the Christian should be willing to release the right to protect their loved ones to prevent mass shootings? I’m not sure…

      I wish there was a common ground for “common sense” when applied to gun rights. I think the lie is that pro gun folk don’t want mass shootings to stop. I believe they do, they may even think that good citizens with a desire to protect could save lives if given the right to carry.

      My main point is that the best defense against mass shootings is sharing the Gospel. Pulling in the outcast, the one who may be on the brink of hurting others and giving them the hope of Christ by loving them. I think our Christian calling is begging us to look around and love that “weird” person.

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      1. Yes, indeed. Love that weird person. And here’s another one–stop demonizing each other unless the “other” is truly diabolical. AK 47 (or whatever it’s called) owners are not diabolical. And neither are members of the “mainstream” media, for that matter. Neither vocation qualifies as diabolical.
        Anyway, I always enjoy your thought provoking posts. Keep up the good work.
        God bless,
        Pam

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      2. So true, I think some find life a lot easier when it’s “us vs. the demon people.” We don’t have to acknowledge our own sin or contemplate all the gray areas of life.

        Thanks for the encouragement! It’s my goal to have conversations and get the thought clouds thundering. 🙂

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  3. There are many laws on the books, so to speak, that covers all of this. More laws are not needed. That is a cop-out. The UK has more death by stabbing daily than guns. Christ’s Holy Spirit is needed on the inside. Anything can be a weapon if one chooses and does not care what it hits. Ty.:)

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    1. With all due respect, hawk there have been 100 stabbing deaths in the UK so far this year. That is a drop in a bucket compared to the gun deaths in the US. There have been 255 mass shootings in our country so far this year. That is “just” mass shootings, not victims, not to mention all the gun deaths so far this year from suicides, domestic violence shooting deaths, gang violence shooting deaths, accidental shooting deaths and so on and so forth. Personally all I’m advocating for is no silencers. No hundred round drums. No AR 15s. Across the board (federal law) 10 day background checks. Common sense gun laws. That’s all.

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      1. TY for you up take. I agree. I was simply saying that man will find a way to kill with any thing available. The problem is with man’s spiritual heart, no constraints there. Only Christ Jesus thru the Holy Spirit can assure constraints. 🙂

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    2. Hawk, it’s true, anything can be a weapon…knives, vehicles, or bombs made in your basement. The human heart set on destruction will find a way to destroy… I think the struggle is measuring how big of a road gun access is… is it a highway or a back country road? God help us either way!

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