Gun Control: A Material Solution to a Spiritual Problem

Late afternoon yesterday, the headlines started popping up on the plethora of by-the-minute news feeds I frequent as a social media user and freelance writer. Another school shooting. 17 dead this time.

Somehow, I felt a little numb to it. Normally, I’d be inspecting the news stories and scoffing at ridiculous statements made by gun-grabbers dancing on the still-warm bodies of the deceased. But this time…I felt different.

The news media and the ever-increasing court of public opinion will be deliberating on this event until another explosive story comes along, then our attention will be diverted and we’ll be back to debating over something else.

All the while, those who lost loved ones or who lay injured in hospital beds or who will remain forever scarred and traumatized by this event will continue to live their permanently changed lives.

The Futility of Gun Control 

When events like this happen, those with materialist, humanist worldviews like to try to find something concrete they can identify so as to prevent something this tragic from happening again: warning signs, gun law loopholes, types of weapons used, etc.

Pro-gun rights activists like myself are not immune to this worldview either, we usually respond with (in my humble opinion) solid arguments against gun control, reminding the ill-informed gun control fanatics that gun-free zones do nothing to deter crime and that murder is already illegal.

We respond like this because the tragedy is so horrific we have a natural instinct to find some kind of solution that is within our control. As usual, we humans are always trying to find something to control.

I stand by the arguments of pro-2A gun-rights advocates and am absolutely in favor of arming teachers and law-abiding civilians, as well as calling out two-faced Democrat politicians who call for gun control and refuse to enforce illegal firearm use by prohibited possessors.

But at the end of the day, we need to remember that one of the central arguments in favor of maintaining our nation’s great heritage of God-ordained Second Amendment liberties is also a theological argument:

People will kill no matter what. 

A Sin Problem

The first murder happened with a rock. Countries with hardly any gun rights still experience violence. There was mass violence the world over long before gunpowder was invented (right here on our own soil, the gruesome warfare and brutality of certain Native American tribes, committed pre-firestick, is often glossed over by revisionist historical views). Violence and murder come from the heart, not from firearms, swords, knives, or rocks.

This is because we live in a fallen world. One of the foundational tenets of the Christian worldview that many atheists seem to be completely ignorant of is that sin and death are a result of the fall of humanity, which happened in the Garden of Eden. God doesn’t “let bad things happen”, they happen because Adam brought sin into the world by heeding his wife’s suggestion that he do the one thing God told him not to do.

In this same vein, secularists often criticize the “thoughts and prayers” of Christian politicians, believing falsely that these thoughts and prayers are given in some sort of materialist attempt to reverse or “fix” the tragedy of gun violence. This is an understandable fallacy from someone with no spiritual life of their own.

The Only Solution 

Look, I am a mother, a gun owner, a citizen of this great nation, and, to a certain extent, a pragmatist. I have high expectations for the law and order of our nation and I support enforcing strong borders, sensible gun laws, and protecting the rights of our citizenry to defend ourselves and our families.

However, as a Christian and someone who has given my life to the Lord Jesus Christ, I look to His return, and His return only to permanently solve the massive problem that humanity faces.

There is nothing in this life that any one of us can do to permanently banish sin and death from this world other than give our lives to the Lord and wait for His return.

This is what it means to have faith in Him and His promises. We trust in the perfection that will be established when we at long last dwell with Him in His Kingdom, which is already being established in His Body on earth. This also means trusting in His promises that vengeance will be His, and trusting that no matter how people are punished for their crimes in their temporal lives, true Justice will come one day.

We are also called to shine His Light into the world and inform anyone we can of these promises. So while you’re forming your opinions in the wake of this tragic shooting, remember that there are people who are in desperate need of the Gospel who are still living and breathing, all over the world, right in your community and maybe even your own house.

This is faith. Much of the world doesn’t understand this, but that’s OK, Jesus told us it would be that way, in the Word of God, the same Word of God that reassures us why sin and death happen in this world and what the solution will be.

The only solution is Christ, so at the end of the day, the only answer on the lips of Christians in the wake of mass death should be Christ. Is that the solution on your lips today?

 

Taking This Blog Seriously This Time

I have been writing this blog, End Times Mama, for close to four years now, and to say I’ve written sporadically would be a gross understatement.

The truth is while I have absolutely loved blogging and poured a lot of work and passion into it periodically, life and reality often got in the way and I have failed constantly to make blogging and tending to this aspiring ministry a sustainable habit.

However, despite all the obvious signs that it simply wasn’t working for me to blog/put out content on the internet, I have learned a lot about discipline, consistency, and building good habits this year and am at long last turning my attention back to this blog with a goal and a plan to make it work for the long run.

If it doesn’t, then hey, I tried, and that’s worth a lot more to me than wondering what could have happened if I’d ever worked harder at this blog.

You might notice the weird “endtimesmama.blog” address is a new thing, and that is because I couldn’t afford hosting and have to figure out what’s going on with the original endtimesmama.com URL since I am trying to switch back to self-hosted. This kind of stuff always gives me a headache, but writing doesn’t, so I figured I’d throw up a post first and take it from there.

You may notice the previous posts on my site are from years ago, that is because of this confusing hosting mix-up so I will have to figure out whether or not I want to upload old articles.

So, first goal for my new blogging plan as I sort out the other hairy details: start blogging every day.

I have so many topics I want to write about and cover between this blog, my podcast (hahahahahaha no really I do have a podcast I’ve just posted two episodes in three years), and my YouTube channel. This often actually overwhelms me to where I feel like I simply don’t have time to do any of it and so I get distracted by one of the more immediate needs in my life (of which there are many).

However, it has occurred to me recently that if I simply try to tackle something every day, it will give me more than enough to do. After working in and around blog and internet marketing over the last few years if there is one thing I have learned, it’s that content is king. And if there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s blabbing about stuff I’m interested in, so even if I squeak out a little bit of content every day, that will put me in a much better position than actually thinking about it all the time.

Anyway, enough of my blabbing and if you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading my self-accountability post for my new personal blog challenge! LOL. Prayers are appreciated of course, that God could use my passion for blabbing about things I’m interested in to turn people towards Him and encourage end times mamas everywhere.

God bless and Christ be with you! ❤

Isa

 

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