The Right To Protect
Seems everyone is talking about their anger against those who wish to infringe our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. I agree with them in principal. Taking away my rights because criminals abuse theirs is wrong on every front, no matter how good the intentions are. I could argue this further, —— BUT! —- In the protest in favor of the second amendment, which is so clearly spoken on many fronts, I fear that we have missed a more important need. This is the infringements on the first in the Bill of Rights, our right to free religious practice, and speech and press and assembly and so forth. How sad it is that the mindset of this great culture has moved from complete freedom to have whatever religious practices one chooses, without infringing on other’s freedom, to a belief that we need to be free of religion. It is a much better defense of my home and family to freely practice my faith than to simply keep and bear arms. Though I choose both, I rely on God more than my little bitty gun. Besides, God is a better shot than I am anyway.
How clear it is that we have practically abandoned so many things that were once thought to be top priority. Faith, especially Christian faith, is considered less important than just about anything else. At least that is the way it plays out in the public square. Our fights are no longer cries of God’s true and undiminishing word, as they are of social injustice or political unrest. By focusing our attention on the lesser of the important, we are losing all of the important.
Let me try to make the point a bit more clear. Faith in the one true God, the Lord and creator of Heaven and Earth, and the ability to express that faith fully and freely is vastly more important than the ability to keep and bear arms, or any of the other items expressed in the bill of rights. The fact that faith and speech and assembly are the first of the bill of rights indicates that our national fathers may have thought so as well. If Christians would practice that faith just as it is given that we should in the Bible, the other questions would likely never be given an opportunity to be on the floor for discussion.
Today, students all over this country have gathered in light of their right assembly, expressing their freedom of speech as they practiced their freedom of faith. They prayed for their schools, their teachers, and one another among other things. They did not need a gun to do that. Pay attention. If we give away the first, we erode the others more quickly than any politician ever can. Living for God is the best protection for everything else. Nothing else compares.
See You SONday!
Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31 NKJV)
© 2013 SF Gallagher