On this 1st day of April you might be suspicious that anything you read today is a joke. None of us want to be the brunt of a joke. So, if I reported that Sarah Palin used her Daily Devotional to explain that Jesus wanted us to carry guns, you might think I was fooling you. You’d be wrong.
That’s exactly what Grandma Sarah said. Sarah wrote in Sweet Freedom Daily Devotional that she and God wanted people to carry guns. She said:
“I encourage people to carry a gun…because a cop is too heavy.”
“Jesus told His disciples to be ready to defend themselves. He wanted them armed in case they had to beat back thieves, cutthroats, and other bad guys. They didn’t hide their swords; they were, you might say, practitioners of open carry!
Jesus wasn’t delicate, vulnerable, or timid. My husband, Todd, often points out that all those much later artistic depictions of Jesus with long shiny hair, flowing robes, and flip-flops give exactly the wrong impression. Jesus is Lord. He is King. He is a warrior and our protector. He is God Almighty. He is our fortress, our refuge, our strength. He withstood the devil. He triumphed over death. His Word is victory.
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Today, remember that God always wants what is best for us – and that includes our safety. We should follow the example of His disciples and be ready to defend ourselves and our loved ones from evil.”
Some people might be wondering about Matthew 5:38-40
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[a]39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.
Maybe God was just saying that as an April Fool’s joke. Thank heavens Sarah Pain can set us straight. Thank God, she and God are straight shooters.