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!
2Tim. 1:7 “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
God has given us His Spirit. We have to give Him our all. God is always with us but we too have to do our part.
He will bless our good intentions on our actions not on any evil demise.
He can carry you and/or lead you but you have to pursue, search, want to know Him. In other words love Him back.
Its a relationship as any relationship of mutual respect, needs to be nourish, learning from one another. Yes, He already knows us but He wants you to know He knows; in other words acknowledge His Omnipresence. We know Him by His Word (in every sense of the word, the Holy Scriptures and His Son). Through our struggles and hard times we foresee our need of Him, as giving thanks in the times that are good. We’re to get along with good intentions not evil ends, in peace and security, taking care of family first and then our fellowman/woman in whatever capacity we can. If that is firearms’ be wise in how to use it and only to defend oneself or brethren.
God has given us a sound mind to be prepared to whatever happens, be prepared physically and spiritually to handle the challenges. We are not to be idle but engage in life with Him to guide us. ‘Be in the world but not part of’ does not mean being a hermit but prepared by having His armor on to handle the confrontations when they present themselves, helping others or/& ourselves.
1Pet.1:22 “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.”
We want no harm to come to anyone that is not our intention, but we must also protect ourselves, our love ones and our brethren. Always with the Good Lord leading our actions. As in David and Goliath. He prepared himself and defended his brethren.
Deu. 31:6 “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, He is the One who goes WITH you, He will not leave you, nor forsake you.”
It’s our God given abilities that make us strong and able.
Putting God first. He will direct your path, your conscious. God is in control. Stay in His grace.
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you: not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Amen!
God bless us all. Maranatha!
Thank you SweetJava!
Our God is good and our ways should be His ways, Amen!
God bless! Maranatha!