The Second Amendment and Christian Ambivalence

No this is not a Babylon Bee piece. 

After only recently recovering from seeing a "Gospel Coalition" article which exhorted Christians to vote for Hilary Clinton this election cycle, I came across another gem. The Gospel Coalition posted an article today on guns and the Second amendment that is so off base I'm having a hard time knowing where to begin.

I'm not so much concerned about the author's naive "what could go wrong?" mentality regarding secret-government-lists-which-deny-Second-Amendment-rights-and-forego-due-process mentality. Nor am I as concerned about the slew of half truths and inaccuracies related to the history of the Second Amendment, the purpose of the Second Amendment or his overall illogical line of argumentation regarding the Second Amendment. 

What is much more concerning is this man's apparent lack of interest regarding the issue itself, using the Christian faith as his basis for his ambivalence. Before you think I'm being hard on the guy, ambivalence is the actual word he used regarding his recommended stance on the issue.

I also am saddened that the Gospel Coalition seems increasingly friendly to these types of contributions which are almost totally devoid of appeals to scripture to provide the basis for a given perspective. Especially when these contributions are ostensibly supposed to be equipping Christians with how to approach these issues.  

Here are a few statements from the article:

First a little pietist escapism:

So how should pastors and laypeople think about gun control? The best approach is a judicious ambivalence about guns, gun violence, and the Second Amendment.

Because we can't bring principles in scripture to bear on this issue can we?

In the past, TGC contributors have been a little more veiled in their advocacy of escapism. But the author actually uses the word ambivalence! I had to re-read the sentence several times to make sure I was really reading what I thought I was reading. When did Christians not caring about important issues that literally effect hundred of millions of people become a virtue?

Next comes a curious comment about guns and self defense, which includes the ONLY passing reference to a Bible verse in the entire article, and it's incorrectly applied in my view (emphasis mine): 

As a matter of conscience, Christians considering gun ownership for personal AND FAMILY protection need to think about what the injunction to “turn the other cheek” means with regard to committing violence in self-defense.

(Hint - turn the other cheek means that it's loving to your neighbor to allow an intruder to kill you and your family).

Then sprinkling in a little of the statist mindset:

Yet sometimes the only way to stop such people is with more guns, ideally in the hands of police.

Because apparently it's more ideal for cops to defend you than for you to defend yourself and those around you? Remind me which principle in scripture is he referring to here?

There is an underlying theological problem here which is poisoning this mans teaching. Whatever your view on major issues of our day, ambivalence towards these things is not a Christian virtue.


Jordan Wilson

Jordan Wilson is pursuing the Great Commission with his wife and children and is a regular contributor at New City Times.