Jesus wasn’t against bearing arms

24 Dec


Seeing how it is Christmas Eve, I thought I would take a moment to reflect on the good book and what Jesus had to say about the use of arms.

Now, a lot of people out there want to paint Jesus as some long haired hippie peacenik who was all about turning the other cheek.

While it is true that He spoke of turning the other cheek, that was in regards to turning from vengeance and not that one should abandon the defense of oneself.  To turn the other cheek from small slights but not to suffer grievous wounds a second time.  Jesus never expected us to walk around like lambs waiting to be slaughtered by wolves.

What he taught us was that we shouldn’t go looking for trouble, that we shouldn’t strike out with hatred in our hearts or vengeance in our mind.  That we shouldn’t be the aggressors.  But that does not mean we should roll over and allow evil to befall us.

So what did Jesus say about defending oneself?

In the Book of Luke, Chapter 22 verse 36, Jesus told his disciples that:

“He that has a purse, let him take it, and likewise his bag: and he that has no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.”

Sell the shirt of your back if necessary…but make sure you are armed.  That’s the Gospel right there.  As we remember His birth this Christmas season, let us not forget his words.

And don’t go thinking that being “meek” means that one needs to go around like a pacifist punching bag for others to beat upon.  Meek, in its older (now obsolete) definition, means gentle or kind.  So if you are looking to inherit the Earth, be kind, be giving and charitable, gentle your condition.  Not just around the Holiday’s but all year round.

In the same time, do not be a pushover, do not let evil befall you because you are not prepared.

Even Jesus used violence when faced with evil in order to put an end to it.  When the temple in Jerusalem was turned into a marketplace and filled with moneylenders, and the like, desecrating the sanctity of His fathers house, Jesus took a whip and drove the animals from the market.  He overturned tables and scattered the coins.

Jesus wasn’t a pushover and he never intended for us to be as well.

But as He also said, “those who live by the sword shall die by the sword”; turn away from corruption and using violence for your own gains.  From highwaymen of the old west, to mobsters of the 20’s and gangbangers of today; to build your life upon violence is surely a way to end it in violence.

But to have a sword ready to turn back evil is no sin.

The sin falls upon anyone who would try to deny the ability of another to defend themselves from the evil in the world and thereby making them slaves to the whims of evil men.

During the Christmas and the Holiday Season be as lambs to each other and lions to those with malice in their hearts who would dare harm you and yours.

Merry Christmas to all!


Posted by on December 24, 2012 in Uncategorized


10 responses to “Jesus wasn’t against bearing arms

  1. hobgoblin238

    December 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Amen brother!

  2. Joanna Reichert Photography

    December 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Indeed! Merry Christmas to you as well. 🙂

  3. Dennis

    December 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Well said!

  4. Freddie Ruiz

    December 25, 2012 at 6:39 am

    It is our responsibility to take care of our loved ones that God has gifted us.

  5. Christian

    December 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    First off, I am not anti-gun. I have some myself. But I do have some issues with your use of Scripture. First off, Jesus did say to turn the other cheek. So if someone punches you on one cheek give them the other–if someone shoots you in one shoulder give them the other. Jesus later said to forgive someone 70×7 (or forever). Oh, and Paul says in Romans that “we are thought of as sheep to be slaughtered” (8:36). So, yes, we are to walk around like lambs waiting to be slaughtered by wolves. Wasn’t our Savior?.

    The passage in Luke 22:36 is spoken in the context of Jesus talking to his disciples about going out to evangelize the world. So, unless you’re taking your guns to witness to your neighbors and not to get a 6-point–or you’re going to make sure that intruder is saved before you shoot him–this verse fails. Also, Jesus’ disciples immediately say that they have 2 right there with them (22:38). So if we are applying this passage to gun rights, you need to get rid of all but 2 of your guns. But that is not the point of the passage. Jesus was telling his disciples that they are to go out away from the cities into dangerous territories for the sake of the Gospel. Heaven is not to be taken by force.

    Jesus turned over the tables in the temple because they had turned it into a marketplace. Your house is not God’s holy temple. Now, should we defend ourselves if someone enters our house? Absolutely. But abuse of God’s house and the break in of my house are a bit different. Plus, Jesus never killed anyone; he just beat them with a whip.

    In summation, Jesus allows us to have 2 guns (or swords) and a whip. And a sling if you include Jesus’ great ancestor David.

    Again, I believe that we have the right to defend ourselves when needed. But please, use Scripture wisely. Do not take verses our of their context just to complete your argument.

    • Derwin Beushausen

      December 26, 2012 at 8:16 am

      Uh, Christian, I am almost at a loss for words at your utter and complete lack of understanding concerning scripture. Let me go over your post point by point…

      Lambs to be slaughtered? Uh, no. That is not at all what Jesus expects us to be while living our lives. Please quote versus IN CONTEXT to get the true meaning behind them. In regards to our faith, his followers are sent out into an evil world as “lambs to be slaughtered”, but this in solely in regards to out faith in him, and has nothing to do with protecting ourselves from evil men who would do us harm.

      As for Luke 22:36… you have it completely backwards. At no time did Jesus tell his disciples to evangelize the world at the point of a sword! Again, when evangelizing our faith, we are sent out as sheep among wolves. Some will be converted, but most will eat our message alive and totally reject it. Jesus never advocated winning the lost by using any form of weapon other than those spoken of in scripture as being the “sword of the spirit”, which is the Word of God. So, yeah, you kind of missed the mark on that entire passage of scripture.

      As for Jesus and the temple… Yes, Jesus seen that the holy temple was being turned into a marketplace, and whipped them out and turned over the tables. And, I’m afraid you have it wrong again in regards to your definition of what is “God’s House”…… God expects nothing less from us than to protect our house every bit as much as Jesus was protecting the temple back then. The house that we live in is, in fact, God’s house where we raise our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. The bed my child sleeps in is every bit as sacred and worthy of protecting as any house of worship on the planet. The scripture states that if we do not take care of our family, then we are worse than we have denied the faith and are worse than an infidel. That passage is 1 Timothy 5:8, in case you want to look it up. The first and foremost definition of taking care of your family is protecting them. So, yes, we are to protect our family by every means we have available to us. If we don’t, we are definitely in violation of that scripture.

      And, finally, there is absolutely no “limit” to how many gun, swords, or any other weapons God allows us to carry! To even suggest such a thing is utterly and completely ludicrous on it’s face, and could not stand up to any level of scriptural scrutiny. And, again, as for Jesus not wanting to defend ourselves… Please take a look at the passage where Judas and the temple soldiers come to pick up Jesus at the garden. “Then Simon Peter drew his sword and slashed off the right ear of Malchus”. (John 18:10). Peter did this in an obvious attempt to defend Jesus, although he didn’t realize that this was the time that the redemptive plan was to go into motion. The fact remains that the disciples had weapons for protection.

      I have a bachelors degree in theology, and through the studies I’ve taken it’s very clear that not only is there no edict against protecting ourselves and our family, but there is an outright DUTY for us to do so as Christians. As the scripture states, if we fail in protecting our family, we are worse than an infidel.

      So, instead of lecturing others about using scripture wisely, I would suggest you take a few courses in theology yourself to get a better understanding of the Word of God and what it states, especially in relation to protecting ourselves and our family.

    • Joe Wright

      December 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      What the hell are you talking about ?????

      • Derwin Beushausen

        December 27, 2012 at 5:18 am

        LOL! Exactly. That pretty much sums up my response to this guy! lol

  6. Keith

    December 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    A little late to the party, but the Lord told the Children of Israel in Exodus 22:2 ” If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, there shall be no blood shed for him.” I’m sorry, but that sounds like self defense to me and it didn’t say smitten with what or how many.

  7. Patricia A. Smith

    January 26, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Did the Lord not lay down His life, willingly, so that we might be saved?? Then I say that we must do what is necessary to save our “God Given Rights”


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