Commentary By: Gordon King
Christianity is having a personal relationship with the God of the universe. It means submitting fully to the Lord, turning your life over to Him, and letting Him live in and through us. It means relying on God for all of our needs, coming to Him first with all of our prayers and supplications.
There are many times in our lives when we need the help of God, and I would say daily. We need His help, healing, comfort, peace, and blessings. We need His guidance and leadership, we need His provisions and we need His protection!
There are many believers out there who also believe that we should rely solely on the supernatural powers of God to do all things for us. I personally disagree with that! We are to seek God in everything, this I do agree with, we are to submit fully to God and live for God, Amen! However, God uses people, He uses us to help others and to perform His will on earth.
Many believers do not agree that as American citizens we should defend ourselves with guns. That we should just sit back and let God defend us. Well, I agree with that and I don’t. God will defend us, our time is not up until He allows it to be. However, we should also defend ourselves, our families and our neighbors!
Wasn’t it Jesus who told His disciples to sell what they had and to purchase swords? Swords at that time were mighty weapons, much more powerful than they are today. Swords of that time were the same as owning guns today. And why would He tell them to do such a thing? I mean, if He is God, then couldn’t He defend them? Of course He could!
‘35 And He said to them, “When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?”
So they said, “Nothing.”
36 Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one. 37 For I say to you that this which is written must still be accomplished in Me: ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.’ For the things concerning Me have an end.”
38 So they said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.”
And He said to them, “It is enough.” ‘
We can all argue as to why Jesus told them to all purchase swords, but the point is that He did!
God doesn’t only use His supernatural powers and abilities to provide, heal, bless, and perform His will on earth. Rather He also uses people! Why on earth do you think we have doctors, lawyers, police, military, grocery stores, etc? If we are ill then we should ask God for healing, yet He doesn’t always do it the way that we would like. Sometimes He leads us to doctors and surgeons.
If we just sat back and always waited for God to perform a miracle then we may just get more ill, and maybe even die! If we didn’t go to the grocery store to buy food, then we may just starve to death! Sure, we could just sit back and wait for the good Lord to bring us some food, but what if it never comes?! Then what? If we didn’t have police or military to protect us then what would the world and society look like now, much worse than it already does.
God wants us to move, He wants us to act in obedience and take a step of faith. He wants us to perform His will on earth by doing something! By the same token, He also wants us to defend ourselves from evildoers who mean to do us harm. The bible says thou shall not murder, however, self-defense is not murder!
Nothing can save us from eternal destruction but the blood of Jesus, yet that does not mean that we should just sit back and let wicked people harm us! Nor does it mean that we should never do anything to make the world a better place, this is what we as believers in Jesus Christ are to do!
As believers we are called to do many things, we should be able to do more than just one or two things in this world. Life is precious, and as Christians we should do all that we can to protect and preserve it, and sometimes that means protecting ourselves and others!
ISIS for instance, is murdering people at an alarming rate! Should we as believers just sit back and wait for God to intervene supernaturally, or should we be doing something as a people to try and stop them?! Does God want us to be static in our lives or does He want us to be a dynamic force for good? The enemy that we fight against is not of flesh and blood, yet it does manifest itself in flesh and blood!
If we see hungry people living on the streets, do we merely pray for them, or do we pray for them and then feed them? If we have a severely ill child, do we only pray for them, or do we take them to a doctor as well? If we know of people who are suffering and in pain, do we just pray for them, or do we also comfort and reassure them? If we see people being murdered in front of our eyes, do we only pray to God to help them, or if we have a firearm do we help to stop the murderer?
Take it as you will, but as for me, if I have the God-given ability to stop a murderer from harming the innocent, then I will!
God is with us, and He is the only way to heaven, this I know. However, God also provides for us and gives us the ability to help ourselves! If we do the right thing and live for God, then He will be there to help us when we move to help others.
God bless my friends! Maranatha!