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God and Guns

2 Chronicles 23:8-11 :

So the Levites and all Judah did according to all that Jehoiada the priest commanded: and they each took his men, those who were to come in on the Sabbath; with those who were to go out on the Sabbath; for Jehoiada the priest didn’t dismiss the shift. Jehoiada the priest delivered to the captains of hundreds the spears, and bucklers, and shields, that had been king David’s, which were in God’s house. He set all the people, every man with his weapon in his hand, from the right side of the house to the left side of the house, near the altar and the house, around the king. Then they brought out the king’s son, and put the crown on him, and gave him the covenant, and made him king. Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and they said, “Long live the king!”

There is only one Creator, and therefore, only one final authority. In our hearts we know this, even before we become Christians. God requires that we recognize His authority. That may mean that even though we are not given much authority in life, we must still recognize the ultimate one in order to retain any of the authority we have been given. It is clear that the priest, Jehoiada, realized that his position demanded that he take the action he could to recognize God's authority in spite of the fact that he was a lower magistrate in Israel. As a leader, he had a responsibility to lead people the way that God said he should, so on this day, he handed out weapons to the men of God in preparation to defend the true king against the wicked hand of Athaliah. Jehoiada did all that he could to raise God as high as he could. As Christians, we have a very similar responsibility. Listen to what Jesus had Paul write for us:

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 :

For though we walk in the flesh, we don’t wage war according to the flesh; for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing down of strongholds, throwing down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ; and being in readiness to avenge all disobedience, when your obedience will be made full.

Notice that we are not in a physical battle. We fight with spiritual weapons. Although that is true, the Bible demonstrates something about physical weapons here that is important to pay attention to. Notice that God had these men store weapons in the temple. Remember, this was not the king's palace. These were the men of God. God did not illegalize weapons among His holy men. He did just the opposite. In order to defend Israel from tyranny, God told them to store weapons for a day just like this one. God can and does use physical weapons in the hands of those who are not necessarily a part of the official police force in order to keep tyranny at bay and to allow lower magistrates to take control for God's sake, when necessary. In the United States, every law abiding citizen has the right to bear arms for this reason.

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