By Southside Rabbi | Listen | 1h 8m
Published in summer of 2018

SUMMARY: Co-hosts Ameen Hudson and Kevin Burgess (KB) engage in a genuine, thoughtful conversation with pastor Keas Keasler as they try to answer the question, “As followers of Jesus, is it okay to carry a gun?”

While Hudson and Burgess think it acceptable for Christians to carry a gun, Keasler says that Christians should not. Each side presents sincere arguments while respecting the other’s position. Ultimately, they all agree that the testimony of Christ laying down his life for others is something Christians should emulate, but there are different ways to apply this teaching. Highly recommended.

KEY QUOTE: “It is much more nuanced than shooting and killing or disarming. I think both sides make it black and white. What I would like both sides to do is play in the area of nuance. And that is how I feel about it.”

DIG DEEPER: We curated four guided learning paths on guns and gun violence to help you learn about the subject through a distinct Christian lens.

More curated podcasts on guns/gun violence:

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PODCAST: Force for Good?

Addressing policing, racism, and guns, co-hosts Chris Ridgeway and Adam Graber take a look at guns from a technological perspective and attempt to answer the question– are guns a technological force for good? If they are or are not, what are the implications for Christians?

PODCAST: White Supremacy, Guns, and Mass Shootings

Co-hosts Mike Erre, Timothy Stafford, and Bonnie Lewis knock it out of the park as they detail three ways Christians should not respond to mass shootings, but quickly pivot to the ways Christians must be different in how we approach tragedy. The foundation lies in that all humans are created in the image of God.…

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