God will let you own guns but not use them. That is the official position of Christianity Today magazine according to Editor-in-Chief Mark Galli. (Posted May 18)
Violence enters the human story from nearly the beginning: “While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him” (Gen. 4:8).
The Genesis narrative notes that violence soon becomes endemic. In a mere two chapters, we read, “Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence” (Gen. 6:11). And “God said to Noah, ‘I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth’ ” (Gen. 6:13).
God hates violence. We see that especially in the prophets.
Ezekiel: “He [God] said to me, ‘Have you seen this, son of man? Is it a trivial matter for the people of Judah to do the detestable things they are doing here? Must they also fill the land with violence and continually arouse my anger?’ ” (8:17).
Hosea: “Ephraim feeds on the wind; he pursues the east wind all day and multiplies lies and violence” (12:1).
Obadiah: “Because of the violence against your brother Jacob, you will be covered with shame; you will be destroyed forever” (v. 10).
If the Bible is to be trusted, violence is cause for divine destruction of the people who practice and countenance it.
So, God gets a violence pass?
Notice Galli jumped straight from Cain to Ezekiel, bypassing the Patriarchs, the entire Mosaic Law and all the history books of the OT. Remember how Abraham used his private army to rescue Lot from an alliance of four kings in Genesis 14:14-16? Remember all those mandated death penalties in Leviticus? Remember when God let His people be butchered because they didn’t exterminate even the valuables of Jericho in Joshua 7? Remember King “Man of Blood” David, the first person in recorded history to command “slay the witnesses” in 1 Samuel 27:11?
How about Jesus of Nazareth, the carpenter whose only recorded construction was a whip for the backsides of nonviolent moneychangers?
Mark Galli, you are a lying sack of shit and a false Christian. You’ve no excuse to be this stupid about Scripture. But now things get interesting: your magazine take a political position of significance.
Americans might take note. It nearly goes without saying the United States is a violent culture. Yes, places like El Salvador, Honduras, Venezuela, and Jamaica have much higher per capita murder rates. But compare the United States with other high-income countries, and we see this: According to 2010 data from the World Health Organization, gun homicide rates range from 0 (UK) to 3 (Finland) deaths per million. No country comes anywhere close to the US rate of 36.
Once nice thing about cuckservatives, they love to undermine their own arguments. America is violent!.. but not as murderous as these other places… but if you only look at firearm homicide then the UN thinks we’re awful. Shrug, okay. I can live with that.
By the way, UK gun homicide may be nil but their knife/stick homicide rate is so high that they’re doing police raids on hardware stores. And dare I mention their lorry homicide rate? Why is Galli singling out firearms as “the” source of violence?
When it comes to countries with the most mass shootings between 1966 and 2012, among other developed nations, France experienced 10, Russia had 15, and the Philippines had 18. The US? 90.
90 seems low. It can’t even cover the Seventies, what with all those Communists on shooting-bombing sprees. I think Galli is cherrypicking his violence stats too tightly. America is much more violent than he’s letting on.
But the violence isn’t coming from law-abiding gun owners.
…Then again, when assault weapons were banned in the US between 1994 and 2004, it had little effect on gun crime overall (to be clear, only 2 percent of gun crimes before the ban involved assault weapons). If the ban contributed to a decrease in mass shootings, the rates were minor.
Again, Galli undermines his own (imminent) call for gun banning. This begs the question, why were liberals keen on banning such a contextually insignificant class of firearm? Because they want to ban all firearms and MILITARY ASSAULT WEAPONS! tugged on Soccer Mom’s heartstrings enough to set the needed precedents.
“Here’s how CT views the issue: Owning guns is legitimate, and guns have reasonable recreational uses, including sport shooting and hunting. But guns are one of many potentially dangerous items of everyday life—like driving, like making fires, like flying. To make society safer, we regulate such activities.”
CT is dead wrong. The reason we have private firearm ownership is so we can kill and replace the government when it becomes a threat to us. This is not my opinion. It is the Founders’ opinion, the Founders who wrote the Second Amendment after fighting off a government that had become a threat to us… with privately owned firearms. Nobody ever organized a militia to fight ducks.
Counter to arguments from the National Rifle Association, to regulate rights does not restrict freedom but actually makes it possible.
BULLSHIT! YOU ARE TEN POUNDS OF BULLSHIT IN A FIVE-POUND BAG!
We Christians, for example, champion the right to practice religion freely while gladly submitting to building and zoning codes, noise laws, and many other “restrictions” for the sake of community harmony.
You also gladly submit to IRS regulation 501c3 which directly restricts your religious freedom for the sake of government harmony. From CT’s website:
“© 2018 Christianity Today – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.”
501c3 makes religious freedom profitable… er, possible… for you… ah, I see how you get ‘restricting freedom makes freedom possible’.
So while we support the legitimacy of owning guns, given the violence of our land and God’s hatred of violence, we also see a need to regulate the purchase and use of guns. In particular, we Christians should work to ban weapons whose main purpose is to kill a lot of people very quickly [GQ: killing faster is the purpose of every weapon], to keep guns in general out of the hands of unstable personalities [GQ: dissidents, historically speaking], and to ensure that everyone who buys and owns guns can demonstrate they know how to use and store them safely [GQ: because gun safes are so damn complicated].
Will this alone eliminate American violence? Hardly. The problem runs too deeply in our veins as descendants of Cain.
AGAIN, you undermine your own argument. You admit your ideas won’t work even if you get everything you asked for. Do even you believe what you say? I weep to imagine that there is a single devout Christian on the planet who is so ignorant of Scripture and history that he cannot recognize you as a Marxist slaver. But there you are, editor-in-chief of a major Christian newsmagazine. Perhaps you’re a better liar than I give you credit for, Mr. Galli.
But you are no Christian. Disarming the innocent and lying about God’s Word are not the paths of Christ.
Spread the word: Christianity Today hates your guns.