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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Only God Can Protect Us



As the debate over gun control heats up, we get news reports of more people stocking up on guns for fear they may not be able to buy them later on. As I look at the pictures of people lining up to purchase these weapons, I am reminded of what happens when there's a storm approaching. People flood the supermarkets to stock up on essentials such as bread, milk and water. But are guns, especially assault weapons, essentials?

Since the Newtown shooting in Connecticut when twenty children lost their lives, we are told that over twelve hundred more people have been killed by guns here in the US. Where will it end? Is this gun-buying frenzy the result of fear, or simply a desire to own something that soon may be out of reach?

I have visited forums and listened to a lot of discussions since the shooting, and many people seem to feel having a gun is a source of protection. In a television interview, a teacher said she carries a gun, but would not let her students' parents know of it. Huh? I believe they know now. 

And a sheriff recently announced that in these days when there are fewer police officers on the streets, people should get a gun to protect themselves from criminals; they should learn how to use it so they can face up to the criminals until the police get to them. This may be sound advice, but in the final analysis only God can protect us.

And, behold , one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear.  Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?" (Matthew 26 : 51 - 53).

There are so many lessons in Jesus' words, but I have highlighted the last verse only. As children of God we have the same authority Jesus had to pray to Our Father and we would send us help in times of trouble. Psalms 91 says: "For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.  They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone" ( v 11 - 12).

We should never leave our homes, or anywhere else, without the protective covering of prayer. If you believe you will feel safer carrying a gun, that's okay. But don't put your faith in the gun, but in the One who made the gun. 

 "Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper ... This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD" (Isaiah 54 : 16 - 17).  

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