They Will Know We are Christians By Our… Guns?

They Will Know We are Christians By Our… Guns? January 17, 2013

I just waded through 10 minutes of Christian hate on Facebook and had to shut it down for the day. We are so jacked up.

Jesus said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Mt. 7) In other words, Jesus says we do not judge other people because we are always guilty of the very same action for which we are judging another.

The parallel passage in Luke 6 says, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” In other words, judging others, condemning others, refusing to forgive their brokenness does nothing to bring about that person’s redemption, it merely exposes our own hypocrisy and seals our own demise. Judging others is toxic to the soul. Only giving – a generous spirit, a forgiving spirit, space for two different people to think differently on a matter w/out wanting to kill each other – will bring life.

Christians are railing on others over the issue of guns today. Righty Christians railing about how some off duty cop killed a would-be mass murderer, so we should all love concealed carry. Seriously? Lefty Christians arguing that this is “for the children.” Really? How is this our issue? Both sides are getting played.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? …You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye….” (Mt. 7)

There is a place for thoughtful, humble, generous discussion. You can tell when it’s really happening because the goal is not to belittle one another or win the day, but to keep faith with each other, to live together in peace. Dialogue is good. Demagoguery is wrong.

I love your passion, but when you like, share, tag, or generate some snarky meme, some juvenile insult, some distorted factoid, some hateful assault, all I can hear are resounding gongs, and clanging cymbals. When we judge others we judge ourselves. When we hold ourselves up as right, we only expose how wrong we really are. I’m watching Christians gleefully, energetically, cruelly tear into those with whom they disagree this morning on the issue of gun control. I can’t listen anymore. Both are right. Both are wrong. And all the world can hear is judgmentalism, condemnation, and hatred.

It’s shameful.

We need to knock it off.

Go find somebody who is hurting and find a way to serve them. Then you will be very near to the kingdom of God.

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  • Chris Tabberer

    Well said. Amen.

  • Jason

    Jesus clearly spoke about this issue. “If someone strikes on the right cheek…. wants to rob you and take your tunic, give to him your cloak as well”. Jesus also said that a man who does not forsake his family and follow him, is not worthy of the kingdom of heaven. There is no Biblical justification for carrying a weapon, even for self denfense.

    • John R Huff Jr

      Jason. You are right. I am very uncomfortable not knowing that someone may be carrying a concealed weapon and even more so if I do know. No, only officers, trained guards etc should be allowed this privilege.

  • Larry Johnstone

    Sounds like you are judging the judges pretty harshly

    • Virgie

      In agreement.

    • james jordan

      Ah well, judges usually need judging .. thats the only way to get their attention.
      very convicting article …

  • Enlightenment

    If Jesus was alive today, he would NEVER own or use a gun

    • Will

      Really? I thought He used a whip when He threw the money-changers out of the temple. Perhaps the Lord would only fire warning shots?

  • Chad

    Larry Johnstone, I didn’t get that impression from Tim’s article at all. A healthy reminder to love one another isn’t judgmental… and something that’s probably needed.

    • Larry Johnstone

      I do not remember asking you what your impression was, I gave mine and meant it like I said.
      He is criticizing others he condemns for criticism….and that is my impression after reading his comments, not yours

      • John R Huff Jr

        I am inclined to agree Larry. I am hesitant to put a lot of praise for people who are always throwing out mush to us about not judging and oh being loving etc. I tend to see it as either trying to appease everyone and not be judged themselves. I have seen many ministers who will not speak up and take a stand because they are afraid of offending or they say losing their job or a big fat contribution from a Republican. Get my drift here. I say tell it like you see it and either claim your progressive label PROUDLY or go get on a conservative blog and enjoy the praise as long as you keep your mouth shut.

  • John R Huff Jr

    Tim, you mean well I believe and I like that. But, please, please, just tell us to for both sides to be reasonable. It is not necessary to go into a trance about people judging. I believe the NRA is a hate group almost. Am I judging them? Yes. If they want to judge me, I could care less. Do you see the gun owners lobby using much reasoning ? I don’t believe you do. There is much more reasoning on the part of the anti gun hawks. No one is going to take their old guns away from the right wing hacks. Did you see that rabid guy Jones who was on the late night show with Pearce ? ( Never can remember the names. He’s British) He was acting insane. Surely you have no problems judging such as him do you? And, you say Christians judging on both sides. Why not just leave the world Christian out of it. Just leave it as a moral issue. That will suffice. The other is not that necessary to get the point across. Finbal thought” Be reasonable about guns.

  • Good. I agree.