Praying for Gun Laws

By Graham Glover

Another gun tragedy. Another debate.

This time though the debate isn’t about whether we need more or better guns laws. This time it’s about prayer. That’s right, prayer. 26 people were innocently slaughtered while worshiping God and now we’re having a debate on whether Christians offering prayers of condolence and support are enough.

Let that sink in for a moment. 26 human beings were gun downed by a troubled young man and the question today isn’t what can be done to help prevent such atrocities from happening in the future. The question is on whether prayers of condolence and support are enough.

I wish I could offer an insightful response to those who think prayers of condolence and support are meaningless. Tragically though, those who believe such things are but a reflection of the power that secular progressivism has on our culture today. A sad reality about many of our neighbors and fellow citizens.

But my concern isn’t with those that reject the power and importance of prayer. Rather, it’s with those, like myself, who try and heed the command of our Lord to pray.

In times like these, we most assuredly should pray. We pray because God tells us to do so. We pray because we know that He hears our cries for mercy. We pray because this is what people of faith do. We call on the Almighty to offer us His grace and His love – especially in times like this.

What I don’t understand though is why we shouldn’t pray for good government and just laws with respect to guns? Why does the common mantra among the faithful the past few days shy from praying for a better solution to the plague of gun tragedies in our land, focusing almost exclusively on prayers of condolence and support for those affected by the tragedy in Texas? Shouldn’t we also pray for a practical solution? Shouldn’t we pray that the very institution our Lord put in place to wield the sword and maintain the peace – that is, THE GOVERNMENT – do something through its laws to address things?

I mean:

We pray, rightly, that the government would end the legal sanctioning of abortion.

We pray, rightly, that our government would embrace a right understanding of marriage.

We pray, rightly, that our government would ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to practice their faith.

We pray, rightly, that our government leaders would govern justly and act in accordance with God’s will.

So why don’t we pray for the government to end the senseless gun violence that infects us? Why don’t we pray that our government officials finally act, addressing the myriad of issues contributing to these heinous acts?

As we stand up to the government to do the right thing on abortion, marriage, and religious liberty, can we not do the same on guns? Is it not right for us to pray for just gun laws and good governance of them? Unlike some that have monopolized the debate this week, I refuse to believe our only solution is to arm our parishioners and stand guard at our parish doors. I also refuse to believe that God does not want us to act, but rather accept these tragedies as a consequence of what it means to be a follower of His. This is theological stupidity at its best.

It’s time to pray. Time offer our prayers of condolence and support to all those affected by last Sunday’s tragic gun violence in Texas. It’s also time to offer our prayers to those that make our laws – to include our gun laws – that they may act justly and prudently.

It’s time to pray – for sorrow and for action.

7 thoughts on “Praying for Gun Laws

  1. This is a sensitive issue….gun control, with polarized extreme positions. Seems there are some who believe the Second Amendment covers the purchase of a 50 caliber machine gun for home protection. It could be set it up on your front porch next to a couple of shoulder fired RPG’s, just in case a burglar, or worse yet, a commie anarchist thug, decides to do a home invasion. Then there are those on the Left who want all automatic weapons confiscated from law abiding citizens across the land, a rather difficult job for the police, who already admit they cannot completely disarm inner city gangs like MS-13, the Bloods, or the Crips. Then there are the reasonable and sane people who respect the Second Amendment, but seek rationale limitations on who can own a gun, and who cannot, and what types of weaponry are a bit over the top.
    When a mass murder occurs and some people attribute it to a mental health issue, I often see it as…well maybe the perp was mentally, but maybe it was just willful and malevolent evil. Many mass murderers are not insane, as they just hate people and enjoy doing harm. They are not mentally ill. They are not crazy. They are often intelligent, do their evil deeds with great planning and are willing to die after they have done their work.
    I cringe in disgust when Hollywood celebrities, actors and producers, perpetrators of violent movies and debased entertainment, call for complete gun control. They have bodyguards and protection themselves, yet they want no one else to have it. In my view, this issue is a hot button topic and we must still push for reasonable and effective limitations on gun ownership, however, bear in mind existing laws are enforced with great laxity. We must keep trying. Our nation is becoming more and more violent, and we cannot leave this legacy to the next generation. Prayers are needed to deal with it, but God prefers we act, not just pray.

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    1. John, I think we are in agreement. Pray and act. Not just prayer. Not just action. Both!

      May God guide us and those who make laws as we seek to curb this horrific violence.

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  2. John J. and G2 –

    And the deviant would never had had a gun if the military, i.e., the USAF, not been remiss in putting his true status on record. He would never have got a gun had they done what they should have done. That is an indisputable fact.

    Despite the “prayer spin” – your argument is just another for the chipping away at the 2nd Amendment. It was a good ole Texas boy with a legal, registered MR-15 – the type the left wishes to ban – that took down the bad guy in the end. All before the hallowed police forces arrived.

    How much more gun control do you two want? Lax? Have either of you tried to buy a gun? Even in Texas, matters are hardly lax. That is silly talk done in ignorance. My heart went out to those victims – they live less than two hours away, and it being a Church – deep, deep sigh. But lets face the reality of matters. Chicago is one of the most stringently “gun-controlled” cities in America, and 26 dead over a weekend there would be relatively normal, if not below the normal tally.

    jb

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    1. jb, are there any limitations to the 2nd Amendment? Do you not think gun laws/restrictions can be better enforced and perhaps reshaped to rid our country of the gun epidemic that is plaguing us? Even if we are strict textuaists, is our current situation really what our Founders envisioned with respect to guns?

      You are absolutely right though that this young man should never have been able to buy a gun (perhaps enforcement is more important than new laws).

      As to Chicago, is the answer in your opinion, more guns? Should we all be armed, all the time, even in our places of worship? I’ve got to believe we can do better than this. We have to do better.

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    1. The answer, I believe, is two-fold. First, true crime stats are dropping accross the board, with a possible exception being the mass murder category. So, new laws are unneccesary and a diversion. We have plenty of laws covering a myriad of areas, such as immigration. Until we , as a society, decide that enforcing these laws comes before new laws are added, it won’t matter. We have lost respect for authority. We have let our citizens down by not boldly proclaiming the Gospel. Instead, we have increasingly made the Church an arm of this or that political party. So we have tied ourselves to what has already demonstrably failed, yet we seek to tie ourselves all the more to one side or the other. Perhaps the answer lies in the Church actually being the Church, with all that means. We in the church need to take under our own personal wing some of these troubled souls, we need to take risks instead of aiming them to some government agency. We can and should be living the Gospel message of hope , forgiveness, and freedom. Leave aside these worldly arguments for a moment, and find a hurting soul to console with the Gospel

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      1. Roger, absolutely concur on the necessity to enforce existing laws, for both immigration and guns.

        And I couldn’t agree more on the primacy of the Gospel in these situations. We will continue to try and find worldly solutions, but they will, as they always have, fail. What will never fail us though is the love of our Lord.

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