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Vigilant protection of a person, position, location, or idea

The Greek word for “character” -- used to describe the guiding beliefs or ideals that characterize a community, nation, or ideology, or person.

Millions of citizens – many of them bible-believing Christians --have purchased handguns, rifles, and shotguns for home and self-defense in the last decade.

39 US States are “shall issue” concealed carry permit states, and 46 have enacted “castle doctrine” – or stand your ground -- laws removing the duty to retreat.

Yet, the Christian church has been largely ambivalent about the upsurge in violence and the attendant increase in personal arms. A few church leaders imply that the only Christian response is pacifism.

Many pastors are uneasy or uncertain about the role, utility, and morality of force. Few can advocate active defensive by citizens who are not law enforcement or military.

The available literature seems evenly split between advocates of pacifism and promoters of an aggressive warrior-posture.

The purpose of this blog is to provide a reasonable and biblically supported Christian position on self-defense. We will argue that the private use of deadly force can be morally justified; and that Christians may carry weapons for the defense of self and others.

However this determination must be made after a realistic assessment of the defender’s capability, capacity, and judgement.

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