4 June 2006
We cannot listen to the Christian pacifist, self-seeking politicians, the humanist or the moral relativist who are campaigning against guns. In Africa we need God and guns in order to secure and preserve that vestige of freedom we have. We need to be suspicious of people who condemn guns instead of condemning evil hearts and preach the Gospel that convert people. When ownership of guns by innocent people is condemned by self-seeking religious and Civil leaders, criminals and potential criminals feel happy. What is the basis of condemning guns in the hands of innocent citizens and potential victims of crime? The objective truth in the bible does not condemn guns nor forbid Christians to own them.
Many Christians have told me that if the Lord Jesus Christ is your personal Savior you are protected by the Holy Spirit therefore there is no need to keep a gun. Its true that we are protected by the Holy Spirit but what about Christians who have been robbed, rapped, enslaved and physically assaulted? Do they have Holy Spirit? Weapons are not evil Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior commanded His disciples to buy swords (Luke 22:36). Some people have tried to spiritualise this. Before long we see the disciple Peter striking the servant of the High Priest with a sword. Jesus condemned that because He was supposed to be arrested and killed for our sins. (“Shall l not drink the cup the father has given me”, John 18:11).
In other words the disciples were now standing in God’s way and didn’t wait for Jesus Christ to answer their question in Luke 22:49, “Lord shall we strike with our swords? The swords that the disciples were carrying were not spoons but weapons. If disciples in the company of the Lord could carry weapons what about us today?
In Christianity there is such a thing as a just war, righteous revolution against tyranny and physical resistance of criminals. We must not have a romantic picture of Christianity. God always protect us and we must always bear in mind that we have our own responsibilities – self-defence and provision to our families. Tyrants, potential tyrants and their supporters are very comfortable with unarmed citizens. In Africa, during the time of slave trade guns saved many tribes from being enslaved. During this period of slave trade, strong Chiefs were attacking and raiding weaker tribes so as to sell them to Arab slave traders. The tribes who accessed guns and ammunitions perfectly defended their children, women and property. Some centuries ago our Chiefs did not forbid their subjects from owning weapons. The idea that citizens should not own weapons is unAfrican.
Gun Free Campaign Zone has its roots in Marxism, which require power to reside in State only. The State is not the only institution with rights and responsibilities. The idea that innocent people should not own guns is anathema and nonsense in a truly Christian society. Most nations with majority of people who do not practice all tenants of Christian faith become an easy target for man-made poverty, tyranny, abuse and chronic violence. The future of Africa depends upon God’s truth about everything including guns. Christians we are becoming cheap, gullible and an easy target for manipulation and abuse. God gave us a responsibility of self-defence. Self-defence must not be used as a pretext for murder. God has established individual, family, Church, Community and State governments. Each government is accountable to God.
In a modern humanistic society the State is accountable to none except to itself. And compel all other forms of governments to be accountable to it, which is the root of all tyranny. Africa is a continent of conflicts. We need to be wise and be ready for action. A just war is not evil in the sight of God. I’m not saying every war is right nor am l a warmonger. It’s not a sin for a Christian to participate in a just war. Without guns American Revolution couldn’t have succeeded. With guns the Christian South Sudan managed to prevent slavery of National Islamic Front government. According to the Christian pacifist American Revolution that overthrew the oppressive British control was wrong. The Christian South Sudan should have limited itself to prayer and not have physically resisted the Islamic Slavery. State laws that intend to ban guns in hands of innocent Citizens are from Hell not Heaven. Christians are not obliged to obey such laws. We need to bypass some stupid humanistic laws. Most of the gun free zone campaigners are hypocrites because they have guns or intend to have guns. Or there are hypocrites because gun free campaign is not based on unchanging truth and love but on selfishness. Gun free zone is a slogan of hypocrites. South Africa
Its sad that in South Africa guns have been found guilt and sentenced to banishment. The problems of crime in South Africa are due to State’s inability to combat crime, and to distribute appropriate punishment to capital offenders such as murderers, rapist, robbers, kidnappers and homosexuals (according to the moral laws in the bible these capital offences deserve death sentence).
Moral relativism (the idea that there is no objective, unchanging truth) in South Africa is resulting in lack of appreciation for the dignity and sacredness of human life. Murderers, rapist, kidnappers and robbers get better treatment and better lives in boarding Schools (Jails), whereas unborn babies get death sentence, Women and Children are denied sufficient protection. We need to tell the ANC Government that ownership of guns is next to the constitution in importance. We need also to tell the UN (which is sponsoring gun free zone campaigns) that we suspect any institution that supports the disarming of innocent citizens. South Africa is on the road to Zimbabwe. Racism against whites and hatred against minorities especially by state officials is increasing. Envy and coveteousness has gathered momentum.
South Africans need to wake up and brace up for the challenges ahead. We need to do away with blind faith in civil leaders. Majority of African political leaders have brought absolute nothing after independence except genocides, poverty, starvation, and wholesale of human rights abuse. Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia, Angola, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Ivory Coast have seen some or all of these problems.
When Mugabe’s government was banning guns people thought he is a good father who wants to protect and provide them with cradle to grace security. Now Zimbabwe is a gun free Zone for criminals (government leaders and partisans) to do whatever they want. In the early 1980s if the Ndebele people had guns that could have prevented a massacre of almost 40 000 people. Now Mugabe is on the second genocide that some Christians, intellectuals are denying is taking place. Probably the current genocide will be accepted decades after Mugabe is gone. If Zimbabweans were armed we could be in a civil war, which is better than deaths of hundreds of thousands and enslavement of millions.
Gun free zone campaign is based on immaturity. Dr. Derek Carlsen has defined immaturity as being ignorant of long-term consequences of certain ideas. “Are we immature? Not knowing the long term consequences of certain ideas, or being afraid to stand against ideas that have disastrous consequences, or denying your responsibility in relation to such ideas are All manifestations of immaturity. The immature person wants the comfort, riches, ease, peace, security, freedom etc, that life offers, however, he believes he is owed these things by “right”. He rejects the notion that the basis for and preservation of these things demands his own diligent hard work and watchfulness. Thus, through wilful ignorance, laziness or indifference, the immature person surrenders his freedom and slips into bondage. Since he refuses to assume personal responsibility, under God, for the regulation of life, he grants someone else the right to control everything-including his own life”, Dr. Derek Carlsen (Muse Time paper 7, May 1998, Zimbabwe).
Let’s Pray for South Africa, so that it will realize the implication of banning guns. Let’s pray for all the people who are campaigning for ban of guns so that they will realise the truth of God.
Mr. Collen Makumbirofa
Foundation of Reason & Justice
P.O. BOX 61885 Marshall town 2107 South Africa Email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://forjustice.atspace.org