This message is a result of a dream from the Lord.
Here is what the Lord showed me about gun rights and the 2nd Amendment in America:
I was on a bus with Steph Curry. We got off the bus and walked into a really nice townhome neighborhood. A neighbor came out to warn us a guy has been going around with an AK-31 searching for a killer. We were sitting in the grass playing cards. But as we tried to walk out, a guy came out with a long gun with a laser sight. We walked briskly, but he came at us and pointed the gun at us. We asked him to leave us alone. Then another neighbor came out with a smaller gun. The Spirit revealed to me this man was a pastor. He started to engage us as well. Eventually I confronted the pastor and said, "This is Steph Curry." He didn’t seem to care. I said, "If you shoot him that will be bad for all of us." Then I said to him, "You reap what you sow." He tried to argue with me about gun rights. I said, "If you pull a gun on someone, someone will pull a gun on you." He didn’t seem to care. But I explained forcefully with the word of God, since he was a pastor. And I said, "I am a minister," hoping to wake him up. He didn’t seem moved. I said, "You can’t compete with me on the word of God." Then they let us go, regretfully. They didn't want to let us go. Steph wanted to go back and get his cards. I grabbed him by the collar with desperation and said, "Do you really want to do that?" "I have cards I can give you." We went back anyway because I remembered I had a notepad for studying I left in the grass.
As I prayed into this dream, I believe the Lord downloaded His heart into mine.
Here is what I'm hearing from the Lord and what I believe He's asking me to share with you.
Gun rights have become an idol in the Church, irrespective of reason. Some parts of the church, some pastors are preaching gun rights above loving your neighbor.
Some of us are willing to fight for gun rights, even when guns are putting innocent lives in danger. Some of us are not seeing the value in the lives that are being lost to gun violence Instead of seeing the love of Jesus, we are in love with guns (some of us).
The Lord is calling on His church to put down the idol of gun rights.
Guns are killing innocent people and people the Lord loves.
This is not to say we shouldn't have guns.
But within reason.
The Lord brought my attention to scripture that supports gun rights and gun control.
35 And He said to them, “When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?”
So they said, “Nothing.”
36 Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.
37 For I say to you that this which is written must still be accomplished in Me: ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.’ For the things concerning Me have an end.”
38 So they said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.”
And He said to them, “It is enough.”
Peter exhibits our nature to misuse natural weapons.
Even with natural weapons, we must discern the Lord's will to use them.
47 And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him.
48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
49 When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?”
50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.
51 But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.
We must be careful not to use our weapons on God's children as if we are confronting robbers.
Weapons are for intrusion of your safety and property.
Not necessarily for when you FEEL unsafe.
52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and the elders who had come to Him, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs?
53 When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”
Jesus shows us in this passage that weapons are for those who are intruding upon us, someone like a robber.
We must be careful not to use our desire for guns as an excuse to attack God's people - or use guns against God's children.
The right to have guns, doesn't give us the right to use them.
The right to use them doesn't give us the right to use them as we see fit.
We must be led by the Spirit.
And since so many of us are incapable of knowing the right time, the Lord wants us to search our hearts, let Him search our hearts.
Why do we need guns?
Certain types of guns? Like the AK-31 in my dream?
Is it for protection?
Or something more sinister?
Maybe even to instill fear.... or even more subtle... is it to make me feel safe, when I truly should always feel safe in the arms of Jesus?
Did the Lord tell me to buy this type of gun? Or this many guns?
Am I in the military?
So many people are dying accidentally, intentionally and even via suicide and they are God's children.
This isn't happening in other countries.
Because the Church in America is allowing it.
We love guns because we love the Constitution more than we love Jesus.
We won't sacrifice our constitutional rights for the cause of Christ.
God supports restraint and He supports gun control.
Remember, our weapons are not carnal.
48 Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.”
49 Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.
50 But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?”
Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him.
51 And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.
52 But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.
53 Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?
54 How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?”
We can trust God to protect us.
Our physical weapons are really no more than a visual deterrent.
Unless you are at war, you must learn to trust God in peacetime.
And trust His counsel.
Do we really believe that if we didn't have so many guns, more people would die?
We need to pray..
I pray you will seek the Lord for His guidance, and a great way to find that is to search for His shalom peace.
"But whoever listens to me will dwell safely,
And will be secure, without fear of evil.”
The AK-31 (a dream key to read Psalm 31) represents how we should put our faith in God, instead of guns.
I leave you with Psalm 31:
1 In You, O Lord, I put my trust;
Let me never be ashamed;
Deliver me in Your righteousness.
2 Bow down Your ear to me,
Deliver me speedily;
Be my rock of refuge,
A fortress of defense to save me.
3 For You are my rock and my fortress;
Therefore, for Your name’s sake,
Lead me and guide me.
4 Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength.
5 Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.
We can trust the Lord with our body and our spirit, which are God's!
Please pray with me that the Church will fully surrender our reliance on guns in exchange for full faith and trust in the Lord Jesus!
God bless you.