Should Christians Arm Themselves?

I am sorry to see this argument appearing so often lately, couched in theology as is John Piper’s article on the Desiring God website. Many of his arguments assume “wrath, vengeance, violence, advancement of Christianity, and government resistance, none of which enter into the argument of self defense. Even as he recommends not having a weapon to defend one’s family, he admits he does not know what he would do himself in such a circumstance. which to me seems immanently irresponsible.

Natural Law (Certain rights or values are inherent by virtue of human nature, and universally cognizable through human reason. ) has ALWAYS allowed that you can protect yourself and those you love. Christian or not, you DO NOT need to stand idly by while someone beats your children and wife to death secure in your belief that you have transcended your fallen human nature and that God is applauding you as you die.


The fact that the tools of terror and malefaction have progressed now to firearms instead of fists and swords doesn’t change the equation. Bringing a knife to a gun fight doesn’t win you any “turn the other cheek” points.

Here is my argument – if someone accosts you or your family on the street for no reason or ANY reason, will you resist at all? Will you pull away? Try to run? stand between the perp and your child? Hit them with your fist? Push them away? Scream for help? What if help comes?

At what point on this continuum of resistance up to and including killing your attacker are you being true to Christ? At what point of resistance have you sinned?

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Our founders, most of them Christian, recognized that we have the right to protect those inalienable rights from infringement by a corrupt government. How much more right do we have to protect our rights from infringement by one deranged individual?

Were the Christians who were put into the Roman Arena with hungry lions obligated to bare their throats to the beasts or could they legitimately fight to survive? The question itself is silly. A human animal intent on destroying you or those you love and have promised to protect has no more right to your life than that animal.

Arm yourselves. It is no more extreme in todays world than keeping your body in shape and prepared to fight off an attacker in the street. Would you not at least do this? I can’t fight like I could when I was 25 years old, but I can shoot just as well. Or is it OK for you young pups to physically resist an assailant while I get pummeled?

Even Jesus told his followers in Luke 22 to sell their coat and buy a sword to take on their evangelistic travels. What do YOU think he had in mind?

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