God and Guns Podcast
Episode 003 - A lifestyle of guns?
Welcome back to the God and Guns Podcast. My name’s Mike, your host, (Zack) And I’m Zack, your other host.
Zack and I use this podcast to talk about God, guns, and the responsible Christian gun owners interests. Today we’ll be talking about characteristics of the “gun lifestyle” and what that should look like in the life of a Christian. We’ll tackle tough questions like, “How much is too much?”, and “Am I leaving room for God?”
Quick time out: (Zack)
Reflect on the week. This week I have both praise and prayers. In the light of the tragic events this week concerning Chris Kyle. I would just like to state that Mike and I’s prayers go out to Chris’s family and friends (Chad Littlefield). I didn’t know Chris personally but by all accounts he was a Christian and “good guy”. I hope that he is in a perfect place gives those that loved him some comfort. Also, I would like to Thank all members of the military past and present for their service. There are far too many men and women who give their lives for our freedom and we will never know their names.
I would like to praise the FBI and Law Enforcement officials for the great work they did in Midland City, AL. They were able to rescue the boy from the bunker(Ethan) in which he was held hostage. Truly outstanding work after several days of negotiation.
* Chuck Norris once got bitten by a rattle snake... after 3 days of pain and agony... the snake died.
* Chuck Norris is the reason Waldo is hiding.
* Chuck Norris doesn’t flush the toilet, He scares the crap out of it.
Weekly Bible Verse:
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
-We preface this topic with this: Some lifestyles are sinful in and of themselves and we agree that scripture supports that claim. Some lifestyles are not. This show is about 1 particular lifestyle; guns.
-I think guns become a lifestyle as a result of how involved we are in making them our hobby or interest. So maybe the more accurate topic title would be, “Is my hobby sinful?”
-Guns (Like any other thing of the world) can become an idol.
Tim Keller described Idolatry: (American Christian author, speaker, and the founding Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. He is the author of The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism / Counterfeit gods
“One of the signs that an object is functioning as an idol is that fear becomes one of the chief characteristics of life. When we center our lives on the idol, we become dependent on it. If our counterfeit god is threatened in any way, our response is complete panic. We do not say, ‘What a shame, how difficult,’ but rather ‘This is the end! There’s no hope!”
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
-1 John 2:16
“For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.”
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
-1 Corinthians 10:31
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
-How important are guns as a need? Separating Need from Hobby or pastime.
-How important are guns as a luxury/hobby?
-How are you using your love for guns to glorify God?
-Taking pleasure in something that ultimately came from Him.
-Guns are a product of someone’s ingenuity and resourcefulness and we enjoy that.
-We hone our skills by focusing on precision and excellence.
-Going to the range, hunting, and educating on safety provide a level of bonding with family and friends.
-How could the use of guns become a sinful lifestyle?
-Obvious stuff like breaking the law
-You become engrossed in them so much it takes away attention from God, family, or job.
- If your sense of self worth get tied to your gun persona. Your worth comes from being a child of God. Amen!
-They take the place of God.
-What should we make of the phrase, “You can’t have too many guns.”?
-How much is too much?
-What are you giving up for the guns you do have. What I mean is, are we not tithing, are you not being a good steward of what you given.
-It’s possible for a person with 1 gun to be guilty of idolatry in relation to his gun, but living next to a guy with 1,000 guns, not living in idolatry.
-Idolatry is of the Mind and Soul, not in the lifestyle or possession itself.
-Are you leaving room for God?
-Trick question. God should be our full focus. The real answer is that pleasure (guns) should be the spice of life, not the reason for it. (Pastor Jim Nicodem)
-Test-If you couldn’t have guns, would you be content with having Jesus? This has nothing to do with a ban.
Lets pretend you lost your guns.
-It’s possible to be content, yet still miss something.
Greg: “.223 ammo”
Hugh: “A good scope for my .22”
Craig: Answered Hugh by suggesting the BSA SW 4x32.
Emmett: “A little more lenient gun laws in NY.”
Sherry: “A FOID card.”
-Shout out to Toby for offering interview ideas via our fb page.
-Ben emailed me:
Mike and Zack,
Job well done on tackling an area many people would like to keep separate! When I heard it announced on gun guy radio hat you guys were starting this podcast I was super excited and have checked back every week to see when it would be released. Thank you guys for being men of integrity, combining two of my favorite things, and addressing the moral, ethical and spiritual issues that many Christian gun owners avoid. Your podcast is both enjoyable and enlightening!
Keep fighting the good fight.
-Robb emailed me:
Just listened to the first podcast. Great job! No pretense. I just bought my first carry pistol (Ruger SR40C) and waiting for the permit any day now. I'm passionate about all I do and learning the laws, etiquette, and safety, regarding everyday carry is a blast.
-Jeremy emailed me right before recording:
I love the podcast and can’t wait to see what this podcast develops into! Ya’ll mentioned a story about missionaries that chose not to use their guns when attacked by savages. That is a true story presented in the movie End of The Spear. It is wonderful and I highly recommend it. Anyway, well done on episode one and I\'m listening to episode 2 as I write this.
God bless you both and your families. I will be praying for you guys!
We got a 1 star rating! What?
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