Only Sarah Palin could promote guns and Christianity in the same breath. Even more amazing is that Palin could find a way to suggest that a college education should include teaching associated with guns.
In her Facebook post, Palin sings the praises of Liberty University which was started by pastor and evangelist Jerry Falwell Sr. It is a small Virginia college in rural Lynchburg. It has become the nation’s largest Christian university. The school’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr., along with Palin, have been vocal supporters for President Trump. “Training Champions For Christ,” the school’s motto, now embodies the idea that Champtions for Christ should also be experts on shooting people. The $3 million gun range recently completed at the school will ensure that graduates are skilled at shooting people before they graduate.
As Breitbart reports, the Christian school is unabashed in their support for the Second Amendment and even allows their students to keep a firearm in their dorm rooms.
Liberty sophomore Landon Dalton explained that being a part of Liberty’s shooting sports team helped him grow as a Christian.
It’s hard to understand how Sarah Palin could promote a college, a facility for higher learning, that has now devoted over 3 million dollars to a shooting range. It’s hard to understand why Palin would promote a college when none of her children have attended college. It’s hard to understand why Palin would promote gun violence, when Track threatened to take his life with an assault weapon. It’s hard to understand why Palin would suggest that she is a good Christian when her husband is a pimp, her daughter has become famous for having sex out of wedlock, and she never attends church.
The truth is that even Christian leaders have spoken out against gun violence. Pastor Shane Idleman explained that Rev. Gary Hall recently called on lawmakers in Washington to stop fearing the gun lobby and fulfill their “moral duty” to restrict guns: “Everyone in this city seems to live in terror of the gun lobby,” Hall said. “But I believe that the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby.”
What we’re seeing today is not a gun problem; it’s a moral problem called sin. We are witnessing the rapid deterioration of a nation. We have lost our moral compass…we have lost the fear of the Lord. When the fear of the Lord decreases, evil increases. “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both” (Dwight D. Eisenhower).
“Please don’t misunderstand…as Christians, I believe that we are to seek peace at every turn and not drape the cross with the flag. But what about self-defense as a last resort and biblical mandates to protect? The Old Testament offers a plethora of examples, but what about the New? It does as well. In Matthew 26:52 Jesus says to Peter, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword.” Jesus didn’t denounce the sword, but clarified it’s place. When we take premature emotionally charged action, it may cost us our life.
Later Jesus adds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me?” If He was a thief and a robber, the clubs and swords would have been justified. In my opinion, these Scriptures imply that weapons do have a place in society. Albeit we must be careful.
Additionally, In Luke 22:36 Jesus says, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.” What is one to do with this Scripture? First, I would err on the side of peace, but this isn’t always an option. One thing is certain: a sword was for defense. Jesus initially sent them on a peaceful mission trip where they did not need these items, but now Jesus may have been saying, “I was your provision and your safety, and I still am, but I also want you to be prepared…to use wisdom.”
“Many are prepared militarily but not spiritually; instilling unhealthy fear in their families. We are putting the fear of man into them rather than the fear of God. I hear all about Glock, Smith and Wesson, and Remington, but little about brokenness, surrender to God, and humility. Our gun safes are full but our prayer closets are empty. We need to spend less time watching O’Reilly, Hannity, Beck, and Coulter, and more time with Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.”
Perhaps it is easy for Grandma Palin to promote shooting in college, as her children will never be at risk there. For the rest of us, we will advocate no guns in college of any sort!