I'm a strong advocate of gun rights for citizens, based upon the fact there is evil in the world, and we all have a right to defend ourselves and our families.
That said, one of the reasons we see so much resistance to self-defense is the justice systems in America and other countries, have refused to deal with crime in the way the way God instructs us to in the holy scriptures, with the end result being a growing criminal class and increased crime.
The resistance comes from there being so many criminals engaging in crime, they have become a significant portion of the population. Either that, or those committing crimes are enabled by families believing they shouldn't have to be held accountable for what they have done, other than getting mild sentences, if any at all.
Only the most heinous crimes are treated seriously because of public pressure.
The moral laws of God as revealed to Moses and throughout the scriptures, remain in place, as do the accompanying penalties for those crimes, unless they are abrogated in the New Testament.
Because sin has become so rampant in the world and the church, and God has instituted punishments for those sins (breaking God's laws), many people have rejected them because they themselves, or someone they care about, have committed sins that require justice; in some cases including the death penalty.
Since punishment is weak or absent in many cases, people are trained to know they can get away with many things there are no consequences for. This encourages more sin and lawbreaking, which produces many victims.
While we are given permission by God to deal with criminals to the point of killing them if they are a threat, the scenario God wants in this world of sin is for those committing crimes to be dealt with in a way they are either forced to give restitution, or if they've committed a sin unto death to be executed.
Career criminals, even if it's a series of what some would call - petty crimes, are also required to be executed, according to the word and will of God.
Under those circumstances, there would be much fewer times people would have to defend themselves, because the criminal element would be largely eliminated from society.
To deal with this we need to once again teach our children and grandchildren the laws of God and the consequences of breaking them, while at the same time working to have them become part of our judicial system once again.
I believe that is what 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 means.
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
6 And having in a readiness to revenge (punish) all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
We must come into a place of fulfilling our obedience to God, which means obeying His commands as revealed in the Bible. Once that is in place, we will be ready to punish all disobedience, because we will be walking in practical righteousness.
I see the point here being is we all tend to work in self-interests, so if we're walking in disobedience to God, we aren't going to call for punishments for sins as revealed in the scriptures. But as we walk in obedience we remove self interest because there is nothing we are doing we should be punished for.
If we don't commit to this, evil will continue to spread across the world, as those living in a lifestyle of sin will continue to grow in numbers, overwhelming the numbers of the righteous.
As the world is today, we'll continue to see a growing number of people having to engage in self defense because laws that are on the books aren't enforced, and many that should be there aren't even seriously considered appropriate because of the many people engaging in sins that, according to God, require punishment.
That means the criminal class will grow until we as Christians live in accordance with the commands of God, and put the laws of God and their punishments into our legal code.
For that reason we do need to have a plan of self defense in place, even while we work on our legal and judicial systems embracing the commands of God, as He requires.
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