By Mark Davis | Listen | 20m
Published in March of 2018

SUMMARY: Framing the conversation within the Sermon on the Mount and Psalm 22, pastor Mark Davis of St. Mark Presbyterian (Newport Beach, CA) says we must recognize all violence is a sin and acknowledge the oftentimes persistent role of fear within the human experience. Second, as Christians, we must recognize that we have a civic duty and a spiritual duty. At times, those two things are in agreement, while at other times, they are not. Last, within the realm of the gun violence conversation, our starting point should be the cross, not the Second Amendment.

KEY QUOTE: “While there may be times when our Christian disposition and our civic conversation correspond quite nicely, there are also moments when our Christian disposition are in tension with our civic conversation. And when that’s the case, we are on the side of Christ because we have declared Christ as our Lord and Savior. So the first place for you and I as a Christian community are called to have a conversation about gun violence is not the Second Amendment, but the Sermon on the Mount.”

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SERMON: Biblical and Moral Reasons for People of Faith to Speak Up and Act to Stop Gun Violence

In a moving sermon pastor James Atwood draws a straight line between how many Christians viewed slavery before the Civil War to how many Christians currently view and react to gun violence. He says many Christians say gun violence has nothing to do with ethics, it has nothing to do with morality, and nothing to do with spirituality. That gun violence is a political issue and we should just stay out of it. Atwood forcefully calls out those statements as a failure to love our neighbors and treat everyone in the Image of God. Additionally he points out that in Mark 12 Jesus points out that to love God is to love our neighbor. We cannot love God without loving our neighbor. Atwood ends the sermon with six spiritual, moral, and ethical reasons why Christians need to speak up and act to stop gun violence.

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