Trump’s election has thrown a good chunk of the American left for an unexpected loop.
Not least of the loopers is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), famous for “ELCA Hair” and unctuous, smug politics slathered on a fairly neutered reading of the Bible.
And over at their “Engage” blog – the ELCA’s gun-grab propaganda organ, which blindly opposes the Second Amendment and bows down to Michael Bloomberg – they are more depressed than most these days. They posted about the current lay of the land:
The recent election spells difficult days ahead for gun violence prevention (GVP). Trump’s victory, coupled with his blind support of the Second Amendment and bowing to the NRA, spell high odds against any GVP laws being passed.
I’d like to ask someone from “Engage” what exactly they mean by “Blind Support” – but I suspect none of them actually knows.
But I’d very much like to invite a representative from “Engage” onto my show, on any weekend of their choosing. Because I’m dying to find out – among other things.
Similarly, with the Republicans now in control of the Minnesota House and Senate, similar negative progress is probably the norm. Elections matter.
They can take some solace in the fact that they actually haven’t mattered that much for a little over a decade. Even when the DFL controlled both chambers two short years ago, there was a functional pro-Second Amendment majority in the Legislature. You guys have been in a deep hole since about 2002, and it just got a lot deeper.
As it should be.
Now what? We can take heart in Luke 21:5-19. It is the end time of Jesus’ earthly ministry. He has entered Jerusalem. The final countdown has begun. He told his disciples the Temple would be destroyed, they would be persecuted by the state and religious leaders, some of them would be executed, and they would be rejected by friends and family. Yet, these realities would give them the opportunity to give testimony to the truth, and by their persistent endurance in telling the truth in the face of negative odds, they would save their souls.
Right. It’s a great verse – one that’s resonated with a lot of us Second Amendment advocates, especially here in urban areas, for a long time.
The right to defend ourselves, our homes, our families and our society from aggression is granted to us by God Almighty himself.
That right – enabling us to bear the responsibility of defending our earthly freedoms while we’re in this world – is one of few that separates us from subjects of a king or dictator. Without that right and ability, our “rights” merely exist until government – or someone bigger and stronger than us – decides to take them away.
History is full of innocent, unarmed people who were wiped off the map by bigger, stronger people; sometimes the victims shared our faith; sometimes the killers did, too.
Citing Luke indicates you put yourselves in the position of the disciples.
You are not.
You are in the position of Herod’s Jews, the ones that collaborated with the Romans in oppressing other Jews. You are the oppressors, working hand in hand with those who would render us, not citizens, but mere subjects.
And while I’m a subject of God’s kingdom, on this earth, I’m a citizen. Not a subject. And if you want to take that away from me by civil means, last Tuesday’s loss isn’t the last you’re going to face.
By consistently telling the truth in the name of Jesus, we will gain our souls! We will be faithful disciples. God’s grace is sufficient for the task!
I’m not going to speak for God. Neither should you. On this issue, you are not qualified.
I’d be more than happy to debate this – although clearly you don’t have enough faith in God’s grace to face me in a civil discussion.