However, when we see a lady toting a handgun, or even hear about it, one of two responses occurs.
We either think she is a police officer, or a redneck.
Ok, maybe those aren't the only responses, but you get the point. Seeing a girl with a gun knocks us off of our script a bit. Some of us don't have a problem with it, some even think it is a smart idea in concept, but we still seem a bit leery about the concept of the average female with a boom-stick in her purse or in a fanny pack.
Why? Why is this such a foreign concept to us, that we gawk and stare twice when we see one passing us by in the store?
I'm not going to deal with the issue of how guns are becoming increasingly looked down upon, and their owners thought to be terrorist control-freaks.
What I do intend to deal with is the fact that I believe, based on a Biblical precept, that all girls should carry either a gun, or some decent means of self defense. Guns just so happen to be the best mode of self defense out there.
Well, if your gonna have any discussion about godly girls, the first place to look it Proverbs 31.
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. (Pro 31:11)
Now, this verse can be applied in a host of ways, but I would make the case it can apply to self defense as well. I, as a future husband, will rest much better knowing that my wife can stick up for herself and the kids in a tight spot if I am unavailable.
Now wait a cotton-pickin minute, you say. It's the husbands role to protect his wife and family, not the wife's.
True. If I am home, or there with them, any antagonist is gonna have to get through me. (Let me tell you folks, that isn't gonna be pretty).
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Most people shrug their shoulders right there and say "Well, I guess that's when you have faith."
Ok, so that logic goes like this. Neglecting the fact that there is a big and scary world out there, we are going to shut our eyes and pretend everything is ok, and send your wife into the big blue un-armed. I don't call that faith. I call that ignorance and stupidity. Faith is believing that what God said is true, is true. Sending a defenseless woman and kids into a potentially hostile situation, and saying that is "faith", is just plain baloney. They back it up by saying that if you have faith, you will believe that God will take care of you, despite your lack of providing for them. That's like not going to work, because "God says he will provide for me and my family, so therefore I have faith if I sit back and do nothing."
Folks, that isn't faith. Faith is knowing that God commanded you to provide for your family, believing that He is right, and acting upon it. So if you know that God commands you to provide for your family, it is faith to go and do so.
Now hold another cotton-pickin minute, you say. What are the odds of your wife getting pulled into a back alley by a masked marauder?
Well, not very much, but hold it right there.
You lock your car don't you? I mean, what's the odds of getting your car stolen? You lock your doors at night don't you? What are the odds that you will have your house broken into?
Just because something doesn't happen very often to you doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared for it.
A favorite saying of mine, is I would rather have a gun and not need it, than need a gun and not have it. The same applies for locking your car and house, etc.
Pro 22:3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
This verse makes it clear that if we are wise, we will take steps to avoid bad things, and those who don't will be punished.
Now, avoiding bad things might be not shopping in a bad area of town. Not shopping after a certain hour at night. Avoiding suspicious looking people in the store. Those could all very well be ways of avoiding evil, but I would make the case that so is carrying a handgun, just in case evil comes looking for you.
So, you say, the husband has the role to protect his wife. True. VERY true. However, if a man carries a gun faithfully all the time for the sake of the defense of his family, but fails to provide safety for them when he is not there, I would say this falls into the category of 1 Timothy 5:8.
1Ti 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
That verse is usually used to make the point of providing for your family spiritually and physically. Isn't providing them with a method to defend themselves qualify as "providing for his own?"
Ok, ok, you say, I get the point. Seriously though, does every girl out there have to be toting a Dirty-Harry? Is a gun overkill in some situations?
Well, there are other options. Pepper spray, tasers, stuff like that, they are all useful and effective, but none of them are half as effective as a good ole handgun when the going gets rough. You can slow down and make one attacker cranky with pepper spray - but what about three? Tasers are normally good for one or two shots - what if you need more?
Now, granted, you can't be prepared for every possible situation out there, but it is our job to make a decent attempt to try to be ready. I believe a good handgun is the best all-around defense for any situation.
Men must protect their family, plain and simple. It is his Biblical duty, and should therefore be willing to do whatever it takes to do it. If that means carrying a gun, do it. If it means killing that intruder for the sake of the lives of your family, do it. If it means dying for your wife so she can live, do it.
If it means getting her a gun to carry when you are not there - do it.
We should be willing to defend our family. We should be willing to carry means of self defense for our selves and family. We should be willing to die for our wives and kids.
We should provide for them so they can defend themselves.
So do it.