ALR Episode 138 – Government and Gun Control Revisited

This week Lloyd and Pastor Bennett take up an email from a listener who wants us to revisit the question of what Christians owe the government and whether limiting the tools available for self-defense and defense of neighbor is a violation of God's Law. Plus tips from Mia and Sgt. Bill and Lloyd's thoughts on the Kavanaugh debacle.

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Ballistic Minute with Sergeant Bill
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Mia's Motivations with Mia Anstine
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Clinging to God and Guns
A listener wrote to suggest that in episode 134 we sidestepped the issue of whether laws limiting the types of guns available to us put limits on our ability to defend our neighbor. Should we, as Christians, be willing to violate such a law based on that argument? Lloyd and Pastor Bennett revisit this issue to provide clarification.

Prayer of the Week
Lord, we implore You, grant Your people grace to withstand the temptations of the devil and with pure hearts and minds to follow You, the only God; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Our Closing Theme
A rockin' rendition of A Mighty Fortress is Our God, performed just for Armed Lutheran Radio by Kenny Gates.

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2 Comments on "ALR Episode 138 – Government and Gun Control Revisited"

  1. Jeremiah Hansen | September 23, 2018 at 9:11 pm | Reply

    I wanted to thank you for looking again at the topic in response to my question. You covered my concern, namely the rationalization often challenging us as Christians, regardless of my poor examples. It’s often hard to discern the best approach in many of these situations as Scripture is often not as clear as we would like. I was thinking of the questions as an opportunity to work through Christian principles in keeping with Christian Doctrine. I tend to look at the “corner cases” to try and understand the application, even when its hard to discern the appropriate approach.

    To clarify, I used the term “conscience” as Luther did, namely a “conscience bound to the Word” or as Paul in Rom 13:5 (ESV). God’s Word trumps all. I did not mean one bound by human reason or the flesh, which was my mistake in not being clear.

    You used Romans 13 fairly exclusively. Its a very clear passage, but I am wondering if you have other passages to confirm or clarify your position on self defense. This is a topic that is easy to fail in proper understanding, and we should always seek the Word first and foremost.

    I do want to ask why the claim was made that Scripture doesn’t talk about defense (self or otherwise) in the terms of “love your neighbor”. (Made around the 46 minute mark) Fulfilling God’s law is to love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31). Luther wrote in the explanation for the Fifth Commandment (“You shall not kill.”) that the Christian should seek to aid their neighbor in every bodily need. If that is accurate, then the defense of the neighbor is fulfillment of that portion of the law. An example would be Deut 22 where the Law is extrapolated in cases where the assaulted does not cry out for aid. There are multiple times in Scripture (like Neh 4:9, 14) where the use of weapons and fighting for others is condoned, although often in context of left hand kingdom conflict. I think the statement needs clarification.

    Thank you again for providing the pod casts. Discussion of hard topics is needed, especially in these days.

  2. Dave VonDielingen | September 24, 2018 at 5:39 am | Reply

    Re: Episode 138 on my obligation to obey government rules that may limit my ability to defend my neighbor.
    Thanks for a very interesting, well thought through, and helpful conversation with Pastor Bennett.

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