A Christian Woman’s Stance on Firearms (Part 2: The Morality of Self-Defense)

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Today’s piece is A Christian Woman’s Stance on Firearms (Part 2: The Morality of Self-Defense) In addition, I will include several quotations from an expert in the arena of concealed carry. She is also a homeschoolin’ momma and a sister in Christ. Her eloquence and clarity on this topic cannot be matched by my ramblings. With that, here is the next installment of the series.

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So, miss Simply Darlene, can you justify using self-defense measures? What about lethal defense? Aren’t you a child of God?

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Yes ma’am, yes sir, I can and I am.

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Remember back in Part 1 of this series where my focus was on the inanimateness of firearms? And that a firearm, like an automobile, does not in and of itself cause bodily harm or mass destruction. A human needs to interact with said item. And when a human, ruled by evil (or stupidity as the case may be) interacts with said inanimate object(s), then by doggies, that’s when horror strikes.

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I also admitted that for a period I was afraid of firearms. Well, that was a state of mind that used to be true for me. And I’m rootin’-tootin’ glad to say that it no longer lives here. If your current frame of mind involves fear, please don’t handle a firearm, but do try to learn something about them, about the law-abiding folks who handle them, and adjust your level of fear accordingly.

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By writing this series, I am not trying to change anyone’s mind or belief set; I’m just sharing my take on the matter as a woman, as a Christian, as a wife, as a momma, as a friend, as kin to folks who have died protecting and preserving freedom, as an American, and as someone who values this country’s unique Second Amendment rights.

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I believe, and you surely may believe otherwise, that Christians are not called to be pacifists. I believe I am not called to light a cigar, slip off my socks, pick at my belly button lint, and sit back whilst all hell breaks loose in my home, the mall, the movie theatre, the school, the grocery store, or the city park. And because my household is armed and/or persons in it legally pack heat, I am not any less of a Christian than you. And if you don’t, you are not any less of a Christian than me.

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As miss Kathy Jackson, a previous firearms magazine managing editor, a firearms instructor, and an author of two books, points out in her book “The Cornered Cat: A Woman’s Guide to Concealed Carry (White Feather Press, 2010.):

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“… God is more concerned with the heart than with outward behavior, and that He fully and freely blesses people who act in faith. But what faith actually is, and how it expresses itself, is an intensely personal thing. It varies from person to person.” (p.25)

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A couple pages later, she adds, “This is one of those areas where good people often disagree. (p.27)

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So while I believe God thinks it’s fine for me to bear arms, and while I am not afraid of inanimate firearms, I am afraid of the crackpot, criminal, and collective bad guy(s) who wanna do me and/or my family harm. Such evil-doers don’t follow societal laws, they do not draw upon storehouses of goodness before they act, they do not give one flea’s hairy fanny if’n they dole out destruction and chaos.

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Let me clarify that previous statement, I do not live in a constant state of fear of such nefarious characters. Why? Well, because I am actively engaged in turning my fear into preparedness so I can: prevent an attack (1st choice), flee from (2nd choice) an attack, face and scare off (3rd choice) bad guys, and/or fight the bad guys (4th choice). As a victim of a crime, one does not set the time and place and means of attack, the criminal does that. So, I, and maybe you too, can only practice and prepare to the best of our abilities.

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But Simply Darlene, I just cannot understand the When & How & Why you think it is moral for a Christian to use lethal defense.

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And again I am going to quote miss Kathy on this:

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“…I would say that doing so with the specific intent to protect the innocent, without malice, and while defending the people you love would certainly be one of them. What kind of a man would simply allow a rapist to abuse his wife or daughter? What kind of a mother would simply allow her child to be kidnapped and murdered, without trying to prevent it?” (p.26)

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Remember the scene with Jesus and Peter and those who came to take our Man away from the garden of Gethsemane? Sure ya do. Did Peter take off the offending man’s ear with magic fairy dust? Did he barge into battle with wishful thinking? Nope. He used that which was strapped to his waist, a sword; and by the results, I reckon it was a sharp ‘un too. And I betcha’ that sometime previously he had practiced defense moves with said self-defense tool.

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As miss Kathy points out in Matthew 26:51-53, Jesus didn’t say not to possess a means of protection. In fact, His disciples were armed a lot of the time. After Peter swung his sword, Jesus told him to put the sword away—because right then and there was not the time to wield it. Jesus knew that God had other plans. Jesus and Peter were not going down in a sword-fighting blaze of glory. Nope, as Believers we know that the glory would later come on the cross. Also, take note that Jesus never told Peter to cast his sword aside or go unarmed.

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What about the other fact that miss Kathy shares where Jesus could have rounded up “a dozen legions of avenging angels” for His protection? Our Man was not unarmed.

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I have run into the midst of a fight with both fists a flyin’ to stop someone from beating up my little sister. Back in high school, I got punched in the face and thusly knocked to the ground by a man who was easily one hundred pounds heavier than me. I scrambled up and when he came at me again, I hit him back so hard that his jaw bones cracked. Thankfully some folks came along and pulled the brute off of me. After that, I learned some self-defense skills and I’ve even dropped a fella to the ground with a whallop to his privates. I’m not proud of these moments, but I did the thing that needed doing to stop the evil thing from winning.

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It is not my nature to stand idly by or to flee the scene if an innocent is taking a beating. And I’m sure that I don’t need to remind you, but some people are ruled by evil and do the devil’s deed, oftentimes with heinous destruction:

– My cousin, a realtor in Montana, recently was viciously attacked when she was showing a house to a prospective buyer.

– A friend from school was raped in her own home as a high school student and then again at college an attempt was made, but thankfully her sister was home and together they fought off the attacker.

– I’ve seen a friend’s ex-boyfriend throw a man out a plate glass window.

– And I, very recently, overheard a beady-eyed, greasy man, whom my husband’s company hired (as part of a crew of men) to do our relocation unloading, say, “Yah, we’re gonna come back to this place and see just what they got.” Whenever he passed me by, he looked me up and down with a leer. The hairs on the back o’ my neck have never stood higher.

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I tell ya, I’ve been scared. Lot’s o’ times. But now, I’m not prone to be so scared anymore. Since fists don’t always match the opponent and because totin’ a sword ‘round town doesn’t really fit my lifestyle; not only that, but police officers are too heavy and usually much too cumbersome to cram into the cab of my pickup, or even stash beneath my bed, I need a different, yet legal, and safe way to protect that which the good Lord has entrusted into my care… my own self, my young son, and if need be, another innocent, even a stranger.

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Yes indeedily, I take lots and lots of preventive safety precautions, both in public and at home. All of that does little to no good when the bigger, stronger, bad guys play by a rule book written by the devil. So if a fight comes a lookin’ for me and mine, I have trusted that my response falls within the realm of what God would have me do. This may very well not jive with your biblical stance on the topic, but it does with mine.

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Here are two final thoughts from miss Kathy regarding trusting God:

“I think trust means believing that God is still good even when the world doesn’t go the way we want it to. I think trust means accepting God is in control of the results, after we tried our best to make it happen a different way.” (p. 32)

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“I’ve come to realize that trusting Him to protect me isn’t at odds with having the tools to defend myself – not any more than having a fridge full of food is at odds with trusting Him to provide my daily bread.” (p.31)

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Christian Woman’s Stance on Firearms (Part 1: Inanimate Objects)

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The Cornered Cat: A Woman’s guide to Concealed Carry – excellent book; great for both men and women, but with the unique and oftentimes overlooked aspect of addressing issues specific to women. Thank you, miss Kathy, for granting me permission to use passages from your book in this piece/series. I am grateful for all you do to teach others how to fight like a cornered cat.

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* If you so desire to lend your voice to this topic, please feel free do so; but, just as I have tried my utmost to use a respectful, non-condescending tone, I expect the same from you. My comments are set to author approval so don’t go gettin’ your knickers in a knot if your comment doesn’t immediately appear. I do have family & household duties to attend to before I approve everything here. Thank you.

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1. A Christian Woman’s Stance on Firearms (Part 1: Inanimate Objects)

2. A Christian Woman’s Stance on Firearms (Part 2: The Morality of Self-Defense)

3. A Christian Woman’s Stance on Firearms (Part 3: Is Gun-Free Where Ya Wanna Be?)

4. A Christian Woman’s Stance on Firearms (Part 3: An Open Letter to My Legislators) 

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10 thoughts on “A Christian Woman’s Stance on Firearms (Part 2: The Morality of Self-Defense)”

  1. S. Etole says:

    Catching up with your series; sounds like you have been doing your homework. I used to enjoy .22 shooting when I was younger; mostly at pop cans. My former MIL always used to say that locks keep out the innocent people … the others will find a way in. I wonder if the same theory doesn’t apply to gun ownership.

    • Thanks for stopping by, miss Susie, and for noticing all the research & work that has gone into this series. I reckon you are right about the conclusion you’ve drawn…

      So, you’ve traded the pop can targets for ones you plink with your camera, huh?! 😉

      Blessings.

    • Miss Patricia, you are welcome. And as voracious of a reader as I am, I am not even finished with the book and I’ve had it for several weeks. It’s dog-eared, underlined, high-lighted, and written in the margins… it’s an involved reading to say the least.

      Blessings.

  2. Thank you Darlene. = ) Keep up the good work. That last quote says it all. I’ve just ordered her book so I can learn more as I travel this road. I am thanking God for his timing of your articles, support and resources with my path.
    Blessings to you and your fam.

    • Miss Patricia-Butterfly,

      You are welcome. Thanks for the kudos. You will get a lot of use outta the book. And by the way, I’m thanking God for you and your encouragement.

      Blessings.

  3. Suzanne Rider says:

    Heck yes. “Turn the other cheek” does NOT mean we’re created to be doormats to an evil-infested world! You’ve written so much of what I’ve thought but haven’t been able to articulate. Nicely done.

  4. Kacy Webster says:

    A sincere thank you for your words. It feels good to read a perspective that is similar to my own, especially when there is many is disagreement in the minds of others. I’m Christian, trust God and also, support carrying a firearm. I hope I never need to pull it out in that situation, but if I do, I will be practiced and ready.

    • Miss Kacy,
      You, and me both… I am so glad to find other like-mind Christian women like you. It’s easy to feel isolated on hot-button issues, but the good Lord brings us encouragement just when we need it, aye?

      Blessings.

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