Sunday, February 18, 2018

First week of Lent - Let's give up our guns

We begin the first full week of Lent grieving for the loss of students and faculty in Parkland FL.

The United States has more gun deaths than any country in the world because of the idolization of the gun. There are 300 million guns in the United States and Americans think that they will keep them safe. From what is a question that people answer in different ways not knowing that having a gun makes them less safe, not more, from dying from a gun related incident.

The very first commandment which Christians believe came from God to Moses is "I am the Lord thy God. Thou shall not have  any strange gods before me."

While the United States' biggest religion is Christianity, most Christians do not follow the first commandment but have worshiped and idolized guns. The politicians genuflect before the NRA and refuse to ask their constituents to repent and the wages of sin, the turning from God to the gun as a god of safety, reaps the deaths of their children in the schools and concerts in their midst.

According to The Guardian: “Since 1968…there have been 1,516,863 gun-related deaths on US territory. Since the founding of the United States, there have been 1,396,733 war deaths.

If it were not so sad, it could be considered funny, this insanity. We are literally killing ourselves because of our idolatry.

Lent is a time to reconsider. Could we give up our guns this Lent? Would it make our world safer and more peaceful and healthier? You bet. Let's turn to God and away from guns.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for pointing out that the root of America's gun problem is a spiritual problem. The spiritual problem is fear. Jesus told Peter to put away his sword. Weapons of attack are not the answer.

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