Thou shalt not kill

Let’s take care of some housekeeping first.

This post is not anti-gun. This post is not an attack on Josh Feuerstein. This post is a response to a snippet from one of his videos. If at any time while reading this post you feel like I want you to lose your guns or chase Mr. Feuerstein out of town with torches and pitchforks, please treat yourself to a cold beverage and calm down before coming back to read the rest (if you decide to come back).
Anyway, I’m a few weeks late to catching this latest video from Mr. Feuerstein and I felt that there was a teaching point that needed to be made. First, take a look at the video.

I have a group of young adults I lead at church. This video was played for them Wednesday night and they were asked a couple questions to see how they felt about the video. They were not coerced to say anything and they wrote their answers down on paper with their names omitted. Here are their responses.

Question 1: How did this video make you feel?
– Pastor Josh needs a new perspective on how Jesus taught us to love people and evangelize.
– Like this singles out Christians and makes us look stupid.
– Not good.
– If you want a gun, go buy one. Don’t talk about it like this guy did.
– He didn’t change my mind on anything.
– I didn’t like the way he said things, but I think we can have guns.

Question 2: Do you agree with what was said?
– No, Christians aren’t supposed to deal justice for Jesus. I think you can have a gun to protect yourself.
– No.
– No. Christians should not kill people. But I do think it is time for Christians to step up.
– Yes, we should be able to own guns. No, we shouldn’t have this attitude.
– No.
– We need guns, but not for what this guy says to do with them.

The answers to those questions tell a story. It was a small group of folks that participated, but their answers were consistent. The message in this video does not represent the opinions of today’s young men and women (at least not the ones at my church).

It felt good to have a Dr. Phil moment and ask these folks about their feelings, but this teaching moment was about more than that. It was about deciding to be an influencer. Josh Feuerstein is an influencer. He has millions of people that like him on Facebook. He chooses to get his message out, but where are the voices of Christians that think this has crossed the line?

I asked a third question before we went home: what are you going to do about this? God needs you to shine a light to the people you build relationships with. You can be an influencer too, but you have to speak up.

 

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