One thing that I always find amusing is the number of people on the left who suddenly become experts in Christianity the moment someone on the right does anything that they believe runs contrary to what Christ would want in any given situation.
Case in point, my colleague Becca highlighted the photo that Rep. Thomas Massie uploaded to his Twitter which featured each member of his family holding a firearm of some kind in front of a Christmas tree. It’s a photo that says many things from “Merry Christmas” to “Come and Take It.”
Merry Christmas! 🎄
ps. Santa, please bring ammo. 🎁 pic.twitter.com/NVawULhCNr
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) December 4, 2021
In her article, Becca made it clear that she wasn’t going to burden the reader with the hateful responses due to their predictability and silliness, but it’s definitely something that I’m going to do because I feel that at least one of their collective idiotic responses needs to be called out. I won’t list them all, because there are a lot, but many of the responses can be summed up by this one tweet by former White House ethics lawyer for George W. Bush, Richard Painter.
“What a horrible way to celebrate the birth of Jesus,” he tweeted.
What a horrible way to celebrate the birth of Jesus. https://t.co/bvgtYDQUpu
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) December 5, 2021
The idea is that Christ would be horrified to learn that a family is displaying weapons on His birthday and that Christ is about love, kindness, and turning the other cheek. To be sure, he absolutely was, but as leftists do, they embraced one aspect of Christ while totally dismissing the inconvenient details.
The fact is, Jesus was not against weapons. In fact, he was very much for them but made it clear that it mattered how they were used.
Let’s look at an oft-overlooked, but very much in the open verse from Luke 22:35-38. It’s here that Christ and his disciples are preparing to go to the Garden of Gethsemane where he would be arrested and eventually crucified. Jesus is doling out instructions about how to prepare for what’s to come. It’s here that he instructs them to buy a sword, and sell their cloak if they have to in order to obtain one:
And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.
Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.
And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.
Christ knew he was at the final chapter, but he knew his disciples weren’t. They had a faith to build and they were going to go forth from the moment of Christ’s crucifixion to create the world’s most important religion. Christ even points this out in Luke 10:1 where he noted that while the last journey they were on was easy, going forward they won’t have the support of most people.
The sword was for defensive reasons. What it wasn’t for was offensive, as when a disciple later draws his sword to cut off the ear of a servant of one of those sent to capture Jesus, and Christ rebukes him for his unnecessary violence, especially against an innocent.
So Christ wasn’t against having weapons at all, but He was very particular about how they should be utilized. The Bible reiterates when and where violence should be used throughout as well. Exodus 22:2-3, for instance, indicates that violence is great in a moment of self-defense but not as a tool for vengeance, for vengeance is His sayeth the Lord.
“If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed. “If the sun has risen on him, there shall be guilt for his bloodshed,” reads Exodus 22:2-3.
So the leftists are, once again, wrong. Christ would find no fault in the ownership of weapons, and showing them off isn’t exactly against the rules either, especially in a somewhat funny Christmas photo. The Massie family isn’t utilizing their weapons for offensive reasons, but you can be sure that if you’re looking to break into the Massie home, it’s highly unlikely the sun will rise on you.