Lambs with Concealed Weapons

The Wolf and the Lamb Shall Feed Together

This post is not about gun control or how many guns you have. The 2nd Amendment is essential.

This post is about the ONLY way we are saved form our sins and the sins and threats of the world.

What I am finding is that many self-proclaimed Christians have twisted their faith into a "Prepper" sermon. Nothing wrong with being prepared, that's wisdom. Our problem is we have pushed God into a compartment and only pull him out when we think he can help us achieve our wants and desires, our goals.

It's ok (within the limits of the law) to have a pile of guns (or knives, or clubs or other weapons) under your bed but they wont save you, especially from Hell. Godlessness now means it does not matter if I kill you are anyone else with a club, knife or gun, since there is no God or morality it's ok.

Peter tells us that Christ recognizes us as “sojourners and exiles” on the earth. Which in practice means we do not put our hope in the self-protecting rights of the second amendment/the government or anyone else, but in the revelation of Jesus Christ. Peter's message from our Lord is that we suffer well and show the world that our treasure is in heaven, not in self-preservation no matter how we achieve it.

1 Peter 1:7 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

To put a finer point on it we as coddled Westerners have made "comfort" a god of choice and we will go to great extremes to avoid adversity or suffering.

Sheep with Weapons

1 Peter has many more words of Godly wisdom to live by:

This is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. (2:19) If when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. (2:20) Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless. (3:9) If you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. (3:14) It is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil. (3:17) Rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. (4:13) If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed. (4:14) If anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. (4:16) Let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good. (4:19)

Our problem is we don't want to actually live by them. We claim things like for example if our political candidate dos not win we are suffering for Christ. But theses claims always prove to be shallow and short lived.

We think if we have enough guns or enough lawyers we can avoid persecution but this is not reality, it's an American Fantasy.

Luke 21:12 12 But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. 13 This will be your opportunity to bear witness.

Can you bear witness even in the best of times with no persecution? Most Christians I know can't carry on a basic conversation about the Gospel or Christ. I claim to be no expert, I am limited, a sinner, a lifelong learner.

Even as we rightfully do what we must do to protect ourselves and our families let us not forget that when our lives come to an end it is the choices we have made in our heart and soul that determine if we will be in Heaven and eventually the New Earth not only with our loved ones but with Our Lord Christ Jesus.

“Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)

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