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I don’t like guns. I’ve never owned one and probably never will. But I did find “weapons” to be interesting when I was a child. I owned a slingshot. And I learned to shoot rubber bands and spit wads in grade school. My first weapon was a dart gun with rubber suction tips that we used to shoot at the TV. The darts stuck very well to the glass!

The first time I held a “gun” was when my neighbor showed me his new BB gun. He was about 14 and I was about five years old. After showing me how to hit a tin can on a fence post, he cocked the gun and handed it to me. Then he went over and set the can back on the fencepost. When he turned to face me, I accidentally shot him in the stomach. Fortunately it was a cheap BB gun and only left a small welt.

One day my neighbor’s younger brother found his older brother’s BB gun and invited me to go “hunting.” As we walked through the woods behind our houses, he spotted a bird. He quickly aimed and shot the bird. It fell out of the tree, flapped around at our feet and then died. I was stunned. I ran home and secretly cried. I decided I didn’t like guns.


So, when my older teenage son wanted to learn to use a gun, I was reluctant. But I agreed only if we both took a gun safety class together. We learned three main rules: Always point your gun in a safe direction, always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot, and always keep your gun unloaded until you are ready to use it.

One of the most common accidents that happen with guns is when a father leaves his gun loaded and not locked away. Children find the gun and play with it. One child will “pretend” to shoot another child only to discover the gun is loaded. Usually somebody dies. Our instructor drilled deep into our minds, “Never point a gun (loaded or unloaded) at anything you do not intend to shoot.”

Does the Bible talk about guns? No. But it does speak of weapons. David had a slingshot and Goliath had a sword. Perhaps the most powerful verse in Scripture about weapons is 2 Corinthians 10:3, 4 which says, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

God does not want us to fight each other! He does want us to fight against Satan. But we are powerless against him—unless we have the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. This is our most powerful weapon. Satan’s favorite way to attack us is in our thought processes. That’s why memorizing Scripture is one of the best weapons to drive the devil away. It’s much better than BB guns or slingshots.

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