Give Us Our Daily Sword
“And He said to them, “When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?” So they said, “Nothing.” Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.” Luke 22:35-36
No doubt the shooting at Virginia Tech University is a horrible event, but it is a good example of just how much we, as a culture, don’t get it. It is interesting to watch the media speculate as to the cause of the shooting. Too many video games? Revenge? A broken heart? Depression? Can the high number of fatalities be blamed on the school authorities and law enforcement officials failure to act quickly? There is no talk about man’s corrupted nature. There is no discussion about anything meaningful. All we hear is psychobabble smack and a laundry list of speculative pap, devoid of anything related to Divine truth. It isn’t puzzling for those who know God’s Word as to why someone would massacre students during their morning routine. The Scripture reveals to us that this horrific tragedy was the result of a wicked heart. Not just a sick or weak heart, but a dead spirit. And that regardless of this man’s shaping influences, he chose to live out the hate that dominated him.
What is most troubling to me; however, is how we as a society can NOT expect to see lives terminated when we advocate disarming the general population as a virtue and expect our citizens to simply play dodge ball with handgun slugs while using the self-defense techniques of screaming, crying, and self-urination as protective weapons? From shopping malls and campuses to churches and sporting events; herded sheep are simply ripe for the slaughter. It is truly mind boggling that a young man dressed in a tactical vest and armed with multiple-caliber weapons can come on to a campus and begin his carnage without anyone being able to defend themselves.
Just as the waves of normalized homosexuality, separation of church and state, and fool-headed ‘hate crime’ labels need to be evaporated, so, too, does our backwards thinking about violent crime. The nonsensical civic absurdities that attempt to convince us that being disarmed is our best way to defend against being shot at with a Glock are to be ranked with the equally inane idea that the best way to solve teenage pregnancies is to hand out more prophylactics. Guns do not murder students. People murder people.
Allowing an individual to arm themselves against potential attackers, rapists, carjackers, murderers, and rampage killers is wise and sensible. How many sheep can a wolf kill when the flock must call for backup support when they are under assault? Give the shepherds their staffs and let them beat the wolf to death instead. Empower them with the legal option of carrying their own sword. Self-defense is ancient and honorable. Look at Christ Himself in Luke 22:35-36 where He told his disciples to arm themselves before heading into known trouble.
I pray that the families of these victims will be comforted by the grace of God’s tender mercies and that grieving souls will find Christ through their pain. And I hope that we as a people can come to some level of cognizance and reject the faulty thinking of a disarmed generation.