Castles in the Sand

When the waters rise, will our castles remain?

Pastor speaking on a platform

We can’t afford to be vague. We can’t claim on one hand that the Bible applies to us today and have application points at the end of each sermon while on the other hand try to close our eyes and ignore its impact on the single most powerful secular institution in our nation and lives.

Silhouette of hands raised with the word "Jesus" in the background

A couple issues with this. First, among all the different sects and communities of self-proclaimed (because, as I mentioned above, a lot of them clearly aren’t real) Christians, a lot of these focuses aren’t universally desired. Second – and most importantly – I actually don’t find any support for almost any of these in the words and deeds of Jesus. And if the “Christ” in our term “Christian” is supposed to be Jesus, shouldn’t His words and deeds warrant at least some consideration?

Silhouette of a pastor delivering a sermon

Leaders will be held to a higher standard. And for good reason, because people trust them to provide guidance. Jesus and James warned us of this fact. And even though I’m in no way a formal church leader, that truth terrifies me. Because I know people do look to me to represent Christ, I recognize that I am a leader. And I have been complicit for far too long with a bastardization of Christ’s love.

Handgun in holster on American flag

By all means, let’s keep access to guns that fit the needs to provide personal security. Assault rifles are not part of that category. The goal of the Second Amendment is defense, not attack, both on a personal level and on the level of protecting the nation from tyranny. The presence of these military-grade weapons in our nation are actively undermining our security, costing lives of so many innocent people.

Automatic rifle on a table

As Christians, we should be outraged that prayer has been coopted to mean inaction in the face of tragedy. Our lack of outrage means we have no right to be surprised when people discount prayer and scoff at it when we offer it in response to other situations. We have allowed this to happen.