Men… Christians… Parents… You have a God Given Right, and a Civic Responsibility to defend yourself. You should own, and be well trained in, the use of firearms.
Guns are tools – neither good nor bad. See, good or bad only applies to people’s behavior. Set a loaded gun on a table, and it will sit there forever. It will never harm anyone. At least not until someone comes along and picks it up.
Fun thing about guns. Someone has to pull the trigger.
And yes, turning the other cheek is a profoundly Christian behavior. It’s one I support and choose often. However, it’s not a luxury you have when the safety of your family is on the line.
In Luke 22, Christ is giving his disciples advice before they go out into the world. I recommend paying attention to Luke 22:36: “Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.”
What do you suppose Christ meant those swords to be used for?
There is only one conclusion a student can reach: the defense of those who cannot defend themselves.
I submit that if you are a Christian, it is your duty to responsibly keep firearms in your home, if not on your person.
I submit that if you are a citizen of any state in these United States, it is your civic duty to keep military servicable weapons in your home, lest you be called on empty-handed.
Psalm 144 Blessed be the Lord my rock who trains my hands for battle and my fingers for warfare.
Do it while you can, men!
Regarding the whole turning the other cheek thing, which is invariably invoked by those who believe Christians should be unarmed: We are told to turn the other cheek on an individual basis. We are never invested with the authority to make that decision for other people. I can think of few acts more reprehensible than to look at innocent children being shot, as in the recent spate of attacks on churches, and tell them that this is fine, and they ought to just turn the other cheek like good Christians. We also have a duty to protect and preserve life. Sometimes that entails violence.
Jordan Peterson must be credit for providing the direction of this insight since he mention it in interview.
Many Christians and Churchians failure to understand what turn the other cheek means and confusing what being meek means in the bible. ‘Turn the other cheek’ is subtle warning for the offender to deliver another blow. Once the other check is strike, the beating you get from the victim will be justified. It follow the idea of what is called ‘praus’. According to biblehub:
” This difficult-to-translate root (pra-) means more than “meek.” Biblical meekness is not weakness but rather refers to exercising God’s strength under His control – i.e. demonstrating power without undue harshness.”
A Christian’s sword is sheathed until it time to strike.
I always understood the “turn the other cheek” thing to mean this:
In the time of Christ the most egregious insult was an open-handed slap of the back of the hand across someone’s cheek.
The admonition of Christ is that if someone insults you, so what? Let him insult you again.
However, if the open hand turns into a fist, then you MUST defend yourself.
I will defend myself against attacks meant to do grievous bodily harm. The difficult thing to do is to do this without malice.