The Gun Debate
We have lost our moral compass, and are descending into increasing darkness and violence. The question is this: Are tougher gun laws the answer to this epidemic of violence? Perhaps. However, that’s not really the issue. The issue is the depravity of man and the hatred that dwells in the human heart. Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in America, and still has some of the highest murder rates! Clearly, tough gun laws do not automatically curtail murder and gun violence. Usually, all they do is remove guns from honest citizens.
What is missing in such approaches is an understanding of human nature: that we are evil, wicked, selfish and violent to the core. Steven Pinker (of Harvard) nailed this well in his classic work, The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature. Pinker, an atheist, reminds us that human beings are not peace-loving, easy-going creatures, leisurely strolling through life. Rather, Pinker says, human beings are violent, cruel and self-centered to our core. This may be an odd admission for an atheist, but he is clear about his views. This is the piece missing in the whole gun debate – a frank and honest discussion about human nature. Advocates for gun control talk as if human beings are gentle by nature, and guns are the real problem. Guns are not the real problem – we are!
The reason tougher gun laws will not stop violence, is because guns are not violent – people are! Human beings will always kill other human beings. If we didn’t have access to guns, we’d resort to tire irons, crow bars or baseball bats! What will be do then – outlaw them also!? This is the problem with the whole gun debate – it’s off course. It ignores the real issue (human nature) in order to focus on a secondary issue (guns). This happens anytime you neglect a biblical worldview. This is why theology matters – and matters a lot! Theology and worldviews have consequences!
by Jay Childs, Senior Pastor