Reading “Churches left to decide rules for concealed guns” (ABN Feb. 21, 2013), I was greatly concerned, not because of what the article contained, but because of what was missing from the printed record. Positions of three Arkansas pastors concerning Act 67 were reported, along with the rationale leading to those conclusions. Reasoning included political theory, cultural concerns and security logistics, but unfortunately, nowhere did we hear how the Word of God should inform our opinion.
“And he said to them, ‘When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?’ They said, ‘Nothing.’ He said to them, ‘But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one’” (Luke 22:35-36, ESV).
Upon His departure, our Lord directed His disciples what provisions they would need, and while not an exhaustive list, contained therein is a sword. Before we allow sound exegesis to flee in the support of our opinions, I would point out that Jesus is speaking of an actual sword, not the Sword of the Spirit, for the Spirit cannot be purchased for the price of one’s cloak. Now, if Christ commands us to take a moneybag, we would do well to take its modern equivalent, the wallet, and if a knapsack, a suitcase. Likewise, when Christ commands His own to take a sword, it would not be the first century weapon we reach for, but its 21st century functional equivalent, the firearm.
Gentlemen, we must cease to rely on worldly wisdom, whether or not it springs from a “Christian worldview,” and return to the authority of Scripture! Doing so will yield stronger individuals, families, churches and indeed a stronger convention.
Brian C. Williams