Thursday, January 17, 2013

God's Rights and Gun Rights

I am a firm believer that the founding fathers of our country were wise in including the Second Amendment.  History teaches that oppressive governments always take advantage of an unarmed people (just think of the Soviet repression of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, in which its citizens fought Soviet tanks with Molotov cocktails).  Hence, I'm very wary of current attempts by the present administration on curbing our rights as law-abiding citizens to own guns (even assault rifles!).  Now, the administration probably honestly believes that more gun control will keep people safe.  However, it sets us up as sheep if a future government were controlled by wolves.

Further, I think it is absolutely right to protest the usurpation of our rights by the government.  As free people, this is our responsibility.  What shall we say when our rights are taken away if we do not speak up?

Nevertheless, as Christians, we must keep things in perspective.  The main problem today is not President Obama (or Bush) or more gun control or whatever.  The main problem today is still sin, rebellion against God, and replacing God's right to command us with our own self-sovereignty.  We take away God's rights over us every day when we say "No" to God to "have it my way."  In other words, we may cry over gun rights when we ourselves are guilty of not taking seriously God's rights over us.

That means that the mission of the Church today is not to play politics or pass resolutions concerning legislation in Congress (though by all means, let the citizens' groups do that!).  The mission of the Church is to preach the gospel -- to preach the grace that comes through Christ and the atonement he made for sin by becoming a substitute for us, taking the curse and punishment that is due to us and nailing it to the cross.  And it is to preach it to everyone -- to the church-goers who still sin and still need grace; to the un-churched, who because they do not know Christ are therefore without his grace.

The Church is to call men to Christ, who saves us from our rebellion - first by saving us from God's holy and righteous hostility towards us by the atonement and then by saving us from our own unholy and unrighteous hostility towards God by putting his Spirit into us.  God puts us right by an imputed righteousness and then makes us right by the sanctifying work of the Spirit who by degrees changes us from haters of God to lovers of God.

Paul said it best:

"For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.  Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."  -- 2 Corinthians 5:18-21.

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