Is the Second Amendment a Sacred Text?

In light of yesterday’s shooting at Seattle Pacific University with one student dead and three others wounded and the shooting in Santa Barbara a few weeks earlier, and in light of the crisis of gun violence that I read about each day on the pages of the Boston Globe (my new local newspaper), I am reposting a blog I wrote in December 2012 in the aftermath of a mall shooting near my then home in Oregon and the horrific massacre at Sandy Hook. When will we say ‘enough is enough’ and have a serious debate about gun violence in our nation?

Green Preacher

The Second Amendment to the Constitution reads: ‘ A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.’   Of course there continues to be great debate as to whether the right to bear arms relates to a militia of the State or to the rights of the individual.  The cryptic nature of the amendment lends itself to a variety of interpretations.

As a Christian and as an American, I sometimes think that the Constitution of our nation is held in the same esteem as that of Scripture.  Don’t get me wrong, I have deep respect for the wisdom of our nation’s founders and this great document which guides us.  I also value the debate that goes on as to how this document over 200 years old is to be understood and applied to the context of…

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