One of the most controversial topics in the area of politics has been gun control.
Whenever this issue is mentioned in the halls of our state capitals long drawn out debates ensue, arguing over whether it is necessary to infringe on the rights of individuals in order to protect society as a whole and keep these acts of gun violence from happening. When it comes to gun violence three things are necessary for these kinds of tragedies to occur, a gun, ammunition, and an individual.
Interestingly, some of the biggest voices in the effort to stop gun violence tell us that if we remove the ammunition these horrendous acts like Columbine or Sandy Hook, would never happen. However, what about the ammunition of the mind? What about the immense amount of violence we are teaching our children through video games and Hollywood? What about our university professors who tell us there is no absolute Moral Law that we all must follow? The voices for gun control attack the tangible gun and ammunition because they do not want to deal with man’s depravity.
Man is by his very fallen nature in rebellion to the Law of nature, God’s Moral Law. If we want to stop violence and society’s other moral ills, we must deal with the fact that man is depraved and that politics and government cannot regulate that. Now don’t get me wrong I’m not saying we should not legislate morality because laws do not stop man’s depravity, on the contrary, I believe legislating morality helps deal with the issue but it will not solve it. The answer is Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ came to earth to deal with the issue of man’s depravity, and renew the relationship that man once had with God but lost after the fall. By following Christ’s example and discipling others to imitate His character we can lessen the problems that come from a culture that embraces depravity, we will be able to change culture itself something politics in itself can’t do for it is by its very nature defined by the culture. So instead of removing ammunition from guns in an effort to stop mass murders, I say we remove the ammunition of the mind by trading it for the character of Christ.