During a panel of the Religious Newswriter Association’s annual meeting in Atlanta this past week, gun hating Episcopal bloward and anti gun zealot Bishop Robert Wright went on a tear, speaking for Jesus, tearing into and insulting the NRA, English speakers and Georgians in general.
The panel was entitled “God and Guns.”
Highlights of what Bishop Wright had to say:
“Jesus is not from Georgia. Jesus does not speak English. And Jesus is not a member of the NRA.”
“There is no Biblical Scripture supporting gun ownership.”
“You can say a lot about your opinions on guns, but you can’t put those words in Jesus’ mouth”
The rest of the panel was as equally “balanced” in their viewpoint. Odd that the RNA couldn’t find a SINGLE person of faith who might have objected to the blatant one sided viewpoint offered by the panel. The RNA actually had the gall to say that they tried but I take that with a grain of salt.
RNA President Bob Smietana states that the RNA is not trying to push an agenda but rather fulfill its mission of “helping journalists across the globe cover religion with balance, accuracy and insight.” Well, Mr. Smietana, those three elements were sorely missing on that panel.
And there are PLENTY of pistol packing preachers who take their role as shepherds of their flock seriously…and literally. They aren’t that hard to find. But no, the RNA decided to pack the panel with gun hating mouth droolers who just wanted to push their agenda no matter how much they had to lie.
Allow me to break down how wrong Bishop Wright was.
Jesus is the manifistation of the Lord God. He dwells within the heart of all those who are faithful. That means that the Lord God that I know is one smart enough to be able to speak English. Who is omnipresent and is therefore from Georgia as much as he is from Nazareth. And talk about putting words in Jesus’ mouth, who are YOU, Robert Wright, to say what the Lord Jesus Christ would or would not be a member of?
Furthermore, Bishop Wright is probably some psuedo scholar who read the cliff notes of the bible, for his claim that there is “NO” Biblical Scripture supporting gun ownership is a flat out lie. For I say to him, Luke 22:36
36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
Now, unless Bishop Wright is going to claim (like gun control zealots are want to do) that Jesus was only in support of swords and not of firearms because he didn’t say firearms, Jesus clearly recognized that defending one’s self was good and right to do.
His Father, the Mighty God has bestowed life upon all mankind, it is a gift that we have a duty to protect against evil, one that we must be armed in order to protect. And yes, Jesus did not fight the Romans when he was crucified, but that was because he was the lamb. His was the sacrifice that saved all mankind.
It is a sacrifice that should not be wasted.
All Christians should go forth armed with the fiery sword of the spirit in their hearts and cold steel in their hands. The sword shall the smite the evil that we cannot and the steel the evil that we can. Jesus and God do not want cowards as followers. Let us go forth as lions and in so doing honor the sacrifice of the lamb.
So no, Bishop Wright, Jesus was not a dumb, cowardly weak son of God. He speaks to all who listen, in THEIR language, and understands wickedness and evil along with the need to defend ourselves from it. Unlike you I won’t put words in his mouth, but will honor his sacrifice by defending the lives of the good from evil whenever I am called to do so. It’s just harder to do that when I am unarmed.
Another member of the panel, Professor David Gushee, a Christian ethicist at Mercer University, “It’s hard to articulate a strong Biblical case for a heavily armed society. That’s not Biblical reasoning; that’s cultural reasoning.”
I beg to differ Professor…I think I did a pretty good job articulating the case right here.
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