Driving home from coffee with a friend last week, I heard a news clip on the radio about a little town in Georgia where in 1982 an ordinance was passed REQUIRING that every Head of Household own a gun. What has happened since 1982 is quite startling, and perhaps should be considered in light of the gun control talks after last week’s horrific Virginia Tech massacre.
Of course, the problem with owning guns (and really any other freedom we have here in the USA) is that if the government isn’t controlling how we use them, we simply must be mature and moral enough to control them ourselves. Even though I believe in Freedom, I have to look around and wonder if our society, in its present state, can be trusted with Freedom.
Looking back through history, we can see when folks did not live by principles of self-government (letting God’s Word dictate their reality — an inner motivation to rule themselves well), then they were first willing to sacrifice freedom for safety and finally forced to live by exceedingly controlling State regulations. G.K. Chesterton put it like this,
“If men will not be governed by the Ten Commandments,
they shall be governed by the ten thousand commandments.”
If you have not yet read How Shall We Then Live? by Francis Schaeffer, I highly recommend it to you as a crash course in Western Civilization and the great affect of Worldview upon the actions, lifestyles, and ultimate demise or success of cultures throughout the past couple millenia.
Oh, that we would learn from His-Story.