Apr 23, 2014 |
Inside Out 272: Christians & Gun Control
What’s your take on gun control? Would restrictions on gun ownership assault an American citizen’s Second Amendment rights or could they become part of a common sense solution to curb gun violence? Would it be wise to restrict the sale of certain kinds of firearms, or would any limitation strip too much power from citizens?
Where do you stand? Why do you stand there?
“I heard a lot of Christians engaging the Constitution, but I didn’t hear a lot of Christians engaging Scripture,” says Sharon Hodde Miller about what she’s been hearing in the current debate. “So I wanted to look into ‘What does it mean to think about the gun control debate from an explicitly Christian perspective?’”
We’ve invited Sharon to be our guest today for this Inside Out interview. She’s a writer, doctoral student, wife and mother who believes that gun control and gun rights do not have to be mutually exclusive. While she does not own guns, she springs from a family of gun owners. With this as her background she has studied to align herself with what she believes is God’s perspective. To do this, she examined the populations in America that most often fall victim to gun violence.
“What I discovered was that the people who are most affected are people that we as Christians are called to care for.”
How might we consider the victims of gun violence as we look to develop a Christian perspective on the issue of gun ownership? What are some of the biblical principles we should be careful to develop and what should we be wary of as we listen to people with opposing views? Click on the “Listen” button above to hear our 15-minute conversation with Sharon Hodde Miller as she encourages us to keep an eye on God’s priorities as we evaluate both sides of the gun control debate.
To read her January 9, 2013 her.meneutics blog post, “Why All Christians Can Back Better Gun Control," click here: http://www.christianitytoday.com/women/2013/january/why-all-christians-can-back-better-gun-control.html