After reading the above article, I am compelled to respond to Markeece Young’s post.
I think he missed the point of all the news. The point wasn’t to stop praying. The point was to make changes to US laws in addition to praying. It is insulting to grieving family members and to a nation for politicians to deflect away from themselves and put the spotlight on God. It is an absolute slap in the face for the people in the seats to casts votes to prevent gun violence to say “we are praying for you” instead of “we are working to make changes so your loved ones didn’t die in vain.”
You see Markeece, the people outraged and insulted by the politicians comments aren’t just atheists, most are also Christians that are horribly concerned and devastated by all the shootings and want it to stop. There are Christians who actually believe in God and biblical teachings and don’t just spout rhetoric to suit their own needs. I guess the rub is, don’t assume people disagreeing with you are therefore athiests.
Unfortunately the country doesn’t get to hear about the peace wanting Christians. Because our voices are soft and passive. And drown out by the other loud mouth radical Christians.
When people calling themselves Christians have the audacity to cite the 2nd amendment, they need to also reflect upon the biblical commandment “Thou Shalt Not Kill.”
Here’s the interesting part about “thou shall not kill” – is is very specific and to the point. There isn’t a ton of wiggle room there. Sure, if US forefathers were responsible for writing the commandments they would include amendments and sections and articles, and proper ways to ratify it.
But no, when the commandments were written, they were written on stone. Stone! Do you have any idea how much work that would take? And forearm muscle? The commandments weren’t written with feathers and quill. No, the commandments are seriously where we get the term “written in stone.”
And as for the second amendment, it has been amended and ratified through the years, the commandments haven’t been changed because again, they were WRITTEN IN STONE!
And while the entire constitution drones on several pages, the 2nd amendment is actually brief:
The 2nd amendment actually says “well regulated” so our forefathers weren’t against gun regulation, they were for it. That was the whole point in the second amendment. Again, a point most people miss. And like the bible, people choose to loosely interpret it’s text for their own personal needs.
Another thing to note. The second amendment comes after the first.
Clearly our forefathers planned for us to talk things out using free speech before resorting to violence. They actually asked people to “petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Their words, not mine. The people who founded the US wanted American citizens to petition our government! This is what people are now doing. People are addressing our government, begging them to change firearms policy so that our own citizens can quit dying.
So before quoting the second amendment, read the first amendment. And before allowing politicians to hide behind Christianity as a right to a weapon, read the Ten Commandments, all ten of them.
First and Second Amendments:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.