Gun Control Issue or Love Issue?

Authorities were "responding to reports of an active shooter" Thursday morning at the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, a sheriff's spokesman said.

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, a young man went in to Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon and shot multiple students, many of whom were killed. The apparent motive behind this was a hatred towards Christians. Before a person was shot, they were asked if they were a Christian. If they replied with a yes, they were shot in the head. If they replied no or did not reply, they were shot in the legs. Nine people were killed and nine people were injured. The shooter was shot dead.

This is not something new to hear in the news. It is actually becoming a way too common occurrence. It seems that once we get past one shooting, there is another. It is a cycle that many want to contribute to gun control. They say that if we put more control on guns, then mass shootings will happen less frequently. This post is not about politics and where you stand on this issue. There is a much larger issue at hand than the control of guns. When you look at the different shootings that have happened, you will notice something that is consistent through them all. There is some form of hatred. Multiple times the hatred has been toward Christians, but it can be toward anything. Hatred is the absence of love.

In 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 says, “Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.” Right now we can only see part of the picture. We will not see fully until Jesus comes back. People go through things and make decisions based on their views and perspectives. Proverbs 10:12 says, “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.” This verse perfectly describes these shootings. When there is hatred, there is conflict. When there is love, all wrongs are covered.

The issue here is love. Without love, there is nothing. Gun control can play a part in the solution, but love is the only real solution that will work. We need to show others love and be genuine in relationships with them. Words and actions both hurt, and we need to make sure that our actions reflect the love of Jesus. In the words of the Beatles, “all you need is love.”

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5 thoughts on “Gun Control Issue or Love Issue?

  1. Hello Abby, thank you for sharing. This is in fact a horrible moment that happened this past week. And you are right, stories of shootings seems as if they are occurring with frequency, my heart is sadden and I can not believe this person did such a thing. Meditating on such news I can’t help but wonder what will be the response of the city and of the church. In my opinion the city has to do something about regulating guns and making college campuses safer. Being a college student i know the how scary it can be to walk alone at night from the parking lot to the dorm, security on site has to be a priority on all campuses. I also wonder what has been the response of the local churches. Taking from what has been described as a missional church and Christendom style churches in class, I wonder what kind of churches are in this area. I believe that this is a special opportunity for the church to move and not be silent. churches in this area have a great door being open to share the love of Christ and shine a light in the darkest times.

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  2. Abby,
    Thank you for not making this post not a political issue, but one that deals with each and every heart, love. Hatred is absolutely the absence of love and there is just too much hate in this world. When I heard that it was against Christians, it kind of saddened me. I also know that Christians can sometimes be the ones that our not loving. I wonder what it would be like if everyone genuinely loved each other. That man who killed these innocent people may have not killed these people if he knew he was loved by others and the Church. If he was love to others, he would be about giving life instead of taking it. I am not saying he was right in doing it, but maybe just maybe if he knew he was loved, he wouldn’t have done it! This shows me that I need to let love always be a fruit that I walk in no matter how hard it is. Yes, we should always reflect Jesus by our love. “By their fruit will you recognize them” (Mat.7:16)

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  3. Hey Abby! This is quite a difficult story to hear about, and it is happening so frequently. I agree with you in needing to love people. We as Christians need to love those around us, and not alienate others. Not in a manner that they won’t snap and go on shooting sprees, but in that we are to be Love. Good post; thank you for writing this.

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  4. Thanks for sharing Abby! This really was such a hard story to hear and such a sad thing to see in the news. It stirs up so many emotions in people, I’ve seen many angry Christians posting about standing strong for their faith but I think you’re right: we need love. We need to go to the Father and receive love and be free with giving it to the people we see every day. One kind word from someone can absolutely change a life and save many others.

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  5. Abby!

    Thank you for choosing a topic like this to talk about and for doing it from a perspective that brings a lot of light to Christ and the intentionality of where we should be with Christ. I agree that we do need love and I appreciate what others have said, it’s the love of Christ that we move more and more towards that brings us ultimately into right relationship with God and others. I think it’s incredible to see that 9 people stated that they were Christians and exclaimed their Christianity knowing that they were to die. Guns and the balance of gun control will continually be an issue because there is rarely an answer that appeals to every side while still advocating for democracy. I hope that we can begin to make an action in response to these situations and how grotesquely normal they’re becoming. I pray that action comes soon, we need action soon.

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