Many of my esteemed, godly, and more learned Christian colleagues, in light of the Parkland slaughter, appear to be suggesting that you cannot carry a weapon and be a good Christian–there appears to be no nuance in what seems to be a very emotional argument.

Frankly, this troubles me, as I believe this to be a very complex moral, social, and spiritual issue (and I’m not just saying this because of a supposed affinity for violence and a craven capitulation to an NRA-fueled “gun culture”).

Christians should be the most thoughtful and least reactionary of people, as we know how deeply sin infects every area of human existence. There’s more to this than simply telling people to trust God and turn the other cheek. So in the interest of furthering the discussion, I have a few questions for my anti-gun friends:

1. Agreeing that government authorities have the right to bear arms, do you believe that the individual right to bear arms guaranteed in the Second Amendment needs to be repealed? If not, why not?

2. Do you believe it is immoral for a Christian to defend his wife and children, or parents and grandparents, from those who would harm them? Or is it OK as long as you don’t use a gun?

3. What do you say to all those churches that currently employ crisis protection plans involving firearms to keep members and visitors safe from an attack? Are the shepherds not allowed to defend the sheep?

That’s all for today.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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