Re: Chaplains Corner
We once attended a little independent Baptist church in IL that we dearly loved. The pastors son coming home from church one night, saw someone breaking into his house. He drove on by, went to his dads and borrowed a shotgun, returned and gave the guy a butt full of pellets as he ran away.
Some people, upon hearing that story, are really aghast that a pastors son would shoot someone for trying to steal from him. These folks seem to think that, as a Christian, they are not to take action against someone robbing them.
They usually base this belief upon this passage of Christ's in Matthew:
Matthew 5:40 (KJV); And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
What is important to note here, though, is that this does not deal with robbery, but with a legal action. If you have not made your car payments, and the bank re-possesses your vehicle, you are NOT to go out and cold-cock the repo-man. You do not try to keep the tires, the keys, or the DVD changer. IF the repossession is a mistake, call the lien holder, the police, and an attorney, in that order, until the mistake is corrected. IF the repossession was wrong, it will be put right in due time, through the legal system.
There is another passage, also in the words of Christ, also in Matthew, and this one DOES deal with robbery:
Matthew 12:29 (KJV); Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
It is clear from this that one is to guard their own possessions against theft; They are to STOP the thief.
I am a pastor.
If I see you breaking into my house to rob me, praying for you will not be my first action. Shooting you will be. Then, should you survive, I will pray that you find a safer way to make a living in the future. And that is what I find in my Bible.
I will talk to you again tomorrow - and may God RICHLY bless you.
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.