Why did Jesus tell his disciples to go buy a sword if he wanted them to love their enemies and turn the other cheek (Lk. 22:36), or that he didn’t come to bring peace but a sword and fighting even among family members (Mt. 10:34)? Was he less of a pacifist than we thought? And what’s more, how should these verses be used in the current debates among Christians concerning guns in our country, the modern-day equivalent to a sword? Yeah, no big deal.
In what will likely be the last and final episode some of you will ever listen to, I completely ignore all good common sense and waltz into the completely not at all contentious, totally-won't-upset-anyone hornet’s nest of Christians and their guns (#prayforpete #RIPLikestarspodcast).
However, my aim is not to give yet another divided political opinion or take a strong stance on the gun debate, but rather to do my best to interpret the Bible properly and seek to wisely apply it to our lives today. And while it would be impossible to keep my opinion completely out of it - I do my best to do so with honesty and transparency - I seek to demonstrate how these passages are in fact NOT supporting Christian violence or weapon stockpiling when rightly interpreted and understood in light of Jesus’ role as judge over Israel, his warning to his followers of coming persecution, and the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy regarding the Messiah’s suffering and rejection.
Listen in, but remember, you can disagree with someone and still be their friend! (Unless we are arguing about whether you think running is an enjoyable hobby. It isn’t, you’re crazy, and we simply cannot be friends, sorry.)
**** This episode was updated with a slight edit on 5/28/2023. I felt a comment I made was a bit too flippant and unnecessary so it was removed.--- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/likestars/message