Those Who Are Weary
As Christians, we have a unique responsibility: to follow Christ in a world which constantly tempts us to stray. Especially now, this responsibility requires us to be involved and to demonstrate a Christ-like lifestyle in that same world.
Jesus was heavily involved, both politically and socially—he flipped tables because of corruption in the temple (Matthew 21) and called out the hypocrisy of religious leaders (Matthew 15). The prophets of the Old Testament even proclaimed the ‘political’ viewpoints of God: “I will say to those called ‘Not my people,’ ‘You are my people’; and they will say, ‘You are my God’” (Hosea 2:23). God himself embraces the rejects and outcasts on the fringes of society. If we are to embody Christ, we too should exemplify love and acceptance.
The Bible is, after all, explicit: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute [...] defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8-9). We created a society and church so bent on being ‘set apart’ from the world that we have lost sight of God’s original plan. We have a responsibility to the downtrodden: the LGBTQ+ community, those affected by racism and prejudice, and most recently, those damaged by the violence which pervades our society—specifically gun violence.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation argues that although “assault weapons” look like military rifles, they function like other “semi-automatic sporting firearms.” But Isaiah 2:4 states, “[God] will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.”
So if we follow the Bible as closely as we say we do, we should turn our AR-15s into shovels, pistols into rakes, and other weapons into more farming equipment, because peace doesn’t occur when we get to heaven—it starts here and now. And I believe that God cares more about his dead and dying children than what the 2nd Amendment says about guns.
Jesus told us to love God and love your neighbor as yourself. “All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:36-40). Not part of the law, but all of it. If we are to follow the teachings of Christ, we have an obligation to prioritize love above all else. He also says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). I pray that He does that soon, but in the meantime, it is up to us so-called Christians to be followers of God not only in name, but also in practice. So, speak up, don’t turn a blind eye to any injustices you see and advocate for what you believe in.