How Are Guns And Christianity Compatible?

A post from Andrew Sullivan gets to the heart of a question that I have never understood.  There are many Christians out there that think owning a gun for self-defense is compatible with Christianity.  It’s as if they’ve never heard the phrase “turn the other cheek”.

You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”. But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.

I don’t think the Bible could be any clearer that killing someone, even in self-defense, is wrong.  And yet you have people who not only think guns and Christianity are compatible but that they are perfectly intertwined.  That’s why we have an incredibly religious armed forces.  I have news for you.  You can kill in the name of your country.  You can’t kill in the name of Jesus.  That’s not how Christianity works.