You Shall Have No Other Gods . . .

“When Jesus said, ‘Love your enemies,’ he probably meant don’t kill them.”

I thought of that bumper sticker when I came across an advertisement recently for  rifles. The ad showed a person wearing a gunbelt, a six-shooter in one holster and a Bible in the other. The tag line read, “There is nothing wrong with clinging to your guns and religion,” a quote from Henry Imperato, President of Henry Repeating Arms.

I do not oppose the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, protecting the right to bear arms, but I do wonder sometimes why some people spend so much energy making sure they and others can buy any gun they want. And I am quite clear that Jesus wouldn’t be much interested in owning one himself, or advising others to do so either–except if we needed one to kill in order to eat and feed our family (alas, he was not a vegetarian).

Mr. Imperato may be correct, in a constitutional sense (see 1st and 2nd Amendments), but theologically he seems off base: if one clings to guns as strongly as one clings to religion, then guns have become as strong a force as religion. Perhaps, they have even become the religion, or God.

That I do oppose (see the 1st and 2nd Commandments, among other authorities).