(I realize this is a hot topic right now. I also realize that many readers of The Renewed Mind hold a variety of views. But unlike many posts and articles I’ve read recently, this is not an attempt at commentary or political positioning. I intend to put forward a Biblically-based approach. Sometimes, no matter what you intend, people receive what you write the wrong way. For this I apologize in advance for my failure to communicate clearly.)
(Colossians 3:10) “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:”
One of the biggest problems with Christianity in the U.S. today is we qualify the spiritual maturity of other Christians, or those who claim to be, in the light of a political debate. We’ve allowed party membership or political inclinations to determine our view of someone’s spiritual condition. We need to step outside of the political boundaries of the issue. In the discussion over gun control, we need to set our minds in alignment with the mindset of Christ, not a platform. Regardless of how we come down on the topic, we need to allow “the new man” to do the thinking.
In the quiet honesty within our individual minds, we need to ask ourselves the question “Is my opinion on this subject driven by the thoughts and motives of Christ?” When we allow the political agendas of others to create an emotional response in our heart, our faith is blinded. The purity of our response to the Word of God operating in our soul is obscured by the opinions of others. So many who demand honesty in the Scriptures when it comes to doctrine, and would never tolerate the dogmas and doings of large religious organizations, submit themselves to the dogmas and doings of political or quasi-political organizations. Instead, we are called to wear the thoughts and actions of the “new man.” The source of our thought life is not to be in this world but rather in Him who is the source of new life through Christ.
Anger, rebellion, hatred, lust for power and fear are never emotions that come from God. Regardless of how we come down on the issue of gun control, our opinion must be sourced in the thoughts of the “new man” not the “old man.” This takes real honesty and a willingness to submit to God rather than man. It also takes a willingness to step outside of the kingdom of men and live within the boundaries of the Kingdom of God.
Next – The Church and Gun Control – Part 3