Every person who carries in your congregation is prepared to kill someone today. Are you helping them with that decision as a Christian?
Every person who carries in your congregation is prepared to save lives today. Have you encouraged them in good work they are prepared to do?Mere semantics?
Well, I suppose.
We could ask the millions killed by the Third Reich, who, unarmed, could not engage in the blessed ministry of life, saving others, themselves, women, children, the elderly, from savage brutality and murder. We could ask them but, alas, they are dead. Disarmed before the opportunity to engage in the life-saving ministry of the exercise of Godly discernment and Godly force, they cannot now tell us whether there is a difference between being prepared to go about killing, and being prepared to go about saving lives.
Rob has had the opportunity to be challenged in his newly found views by others.
Bonhoeffer’s part in the conspiracy was to work with the Allied authorities, specifically the British, to obtain their assurance that they would negotiate a peace with the post-Hitler government. Unfortunately, British prime minister Winston Churchill had decided that for propaganda purposes his nation’s enemy had to be not just the Nazis but all Germans, and he refused to cooperate with the conspirators or even acknowledge them. Pres. Franklin Roosevelt did the same. That decision delayed the end of the Nazi regime and ultimately doomed the anti-Hitler forces within Germany. There were at least three major conspiracies working against Hitler at the time, and the membership of these groups was overwhelmingly Christian.
When people take a gun on their body, even if only to protect themselves and their loved ones, it changes the relationship you have with another human being because it suggests, at least, that if we find ourselves in conflict, you will be injured or die and I will survive and those are the terms of our relationship.
I fear the moment when good people allow themselves to be disarmed, or worse, because of our republican form of government, order themselves to be disarmed. Doing so makes sheep of men, and strips families and communities of their nearest, natural (and therefore God-designed) defenders and protectors against crime and tyranny. Now we know that Rob is being half again too cute though in word choice and reasoning with this last point. He makes fear out as "a failure of faith, so it is a contradiction to the Christian life and message.” Yes, true enough. But that fear is the failure to place one's trust in God. Those who arm themselves because to do so is to keep tyranny and crime at bay do not go about in the faithless fear of the doubter. Rather they go about in the informed, reasoned understanding that broken man has seldom failed to plumb the depths of evil, and so to be armed is to be ready to prevent broken man from violating the image of God in others by heinous crimes and imperious interposition.
His decision to become an apologist for Christian disarmament, an apologist for a reckless, and unscriptural, view of self-defense and defense of others, and an antagonist within the pro-life movement, already often enough fractured, but now being fractured again by his taunt that one cannot be pro-life and pro-gun, these things, appear to be compelling Rob and his ministry to pay a financial exaction. Donations, according to the article, are down.