Since I’m losing friends faster than a hemophiliac with a gunshot wound loses blood, I thought I’d take the day and explain my stance on self-defense, gun ownership, stockpiling ammunition, and all the other things which seem to be distracting the church in lieu of pursuing Christ.
As of late I’ve had more and more people write me asking and sometimes demanding some sort of release or discharge in regards to turning their home into some sort of faux bunker, and using every spare penny to acquire guns and ammunition.
As to why they would need my blessing, sanction or approval, I have my theories. When I refused to give the requisite approbation, explaining at length why I could not, most got angry, and some even accused me of being a sissy.
Throughout the years we’ve added to the gospel, and what was once a clear-cut, unambiguous call to pursue God with single-minded zeal, has morphed into pursuing God, and something else. Whether that something else is denomination, patriotism, nationalism, or hedonism, too few today pursue God alone, and far too many have added to the gospel – each in accordance to their proclivities – so they might force the Word to conform to their will and not the other way around.
Do I believe it is wrong to own a gun? No, I do not believe it is wrong to own a gun. In fact I’ll go a step further and say I believe it is wise to own a gun nowadays.
Do I believe owning guns and ammunition will save you in the coming chaos? Unfortunately, once again the answer is a definitive no.
My issue is not with individuals and families preparing the best way they can. My issue is with placing our trust in the dehydrated beans, canned soup, and weapons rather than in Christ Jesus.
It is easy to hypothesize as to what we will do in a given situation. It is far different when the reality of the situation bears down on us with the weight of a lead boulder.
What we think we will do, and what we will do if faced with the selfsame hypothesis we so readily laid out are often two very different things.
I can only tell you what I know with certainty, and what you do in light of this knowledge will be entirely up to you.
1. I am certain troubling times are forthcoming for the entire planet, and not just America.
2. I am certain the civil unrest which was prophesied almost thirty years ago is on the horizon for America.
3. I am certain that no amount of preparation will shelter or protect us as individuals if our trust, hope, and reliance are not in and upon Christ Jesus our Lord.
4. I am certain true believers will see miracles in the coming days, and will be supernaturally protected, sheltered and provided for.
5. I am certain that those who lose sight of eternity in the coming season will turn their back on God due to their temporal circumstances.
6. I am certain that Jesus is still on the throne, still loves, still saves, and still keeps His promises to those who have denied themselves, picked up their crosses, and followed after Him.
We all make choices, and we all have to live with the choices we make. This is why whether or not you should arm yourself, is a highly personal issue between you, your family, and God. There are too many variables for there to be one blanket answer for everyone, but that doesn’t stop some individuals from bloviating as though their personal choice ought to be enforced as general rule.
Whatever you choose, whether to amass an arsenal big enough to rival an army unit, or remain content with the dull butter knife in your kitchen cupboard, one thing is certain: if Christ is not your all in all, if your hope and trust and reason for living are not tethered in Him, it will all be for naught.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.