The Virginia Pro-Gun Rally Was a Major Physical Success — Despite Those Who Claim “All Our Problems Are Spiritual, So We Can Just Sit Home and Pray!”
By Earl Wallace 1/27/2020
I support rallies like the one held on Monday, January 20, 2020, in Virginia, because in number six of the Ten Commandments, God gives us the unalienable/natural right to not be murdered, and in acknowledgment of this, the American Constitution’s 2nd Amendment, gives us the right to bear arms to defend ourselves from anyone or thing who threatens to do so.
Here’s a headline about the success of the Virginia Pro-Gun Rally.
Major Virginia pro-gun rally ends peacefully with zero incidents
I saw much controversy, however, about the rally. I saw the governor proclaim a state of emergency to try to intimidate and dissuade people from exercising their God-given right to protest those who are violating our unalienable/natural rights, which I explain as The Biblical Basis of The Bill of Rights, which you can view using this link at: http://libertycf.org/1591-2/
I even saw people who I thought were solid, Bible-believing, patriotic, courageous Christians say, “All our problems are spiritual. You are better off staying home and praying.” During my earliest days of being a born again, Bible-reading Christian, I heard some Bible teachers say, “Most of King David’s enemies were spiritual. The Psalms are about King David’s spiritual enemies.” That statement perplexed me as a young Christian, and which as a seasoned Bible teacher I know is not true for the following reasons:
- Was not Saul hurling a physical spear at David in 1 Sam. 18:11? In 1 Sam 20:33, Saul threw his spear at his son Jonathan because he was supporting David. Wasn’t the Philistine, Goliath, a real giant in 1 Sam 17, and wasn’t Goliath’s brother a real giant of a man in 1 Chronicles 20?
- Were not the wars that David fought chronicled in the Bible against real historically verified people? Did not David’s real son, Absalom, conduct a real rebellion against his dad, the king in 2 Sam. 16? Did not Queen Esther have to physically risk her life to actually go before the king?
I could go on and on citing Bible verses of the real challenges and strife that King David and others faced in Scripture — none of which merely is “spiritual” — although they are the results of the motivations of “spiritual forces” manifesting themselves through the physical actions of real people. Even when Daniel fasted and prayed, a real angel came to him and revealed the spiritual battle and conflict that was taking place regarding Daniel physically praying to a spiritual, but none-the-less real God!
Daniel faced real lions in a real lion’s den. Ezra and Nehemiah led real Israelites back to rebuild a real physically decimated city of Jerusalem, and Neh. 4:17 said they did it working with one hand while holding a real sword in the other to ward off real physical enemies – not undefined, unBiblical “spiritual” ones!
I was sparked to write this article in response to some of the comments I read in social media by people who were trying to dissuade Americans from actually doing something, or anything, to stand upon and reclaim the God-given rights that are in our founding documents!
When I saw the “spiritual” conflict that was manifesting itself through the physical rally planned, I prayed for my fellow Americans in Virginia, one of whom is a nephew of mine who attended that rally. Here is a link to the video he shot on a side street during that event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVQWnVEfpLQ&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3Y2CuAXt_Kp1BNrE3g10G6_LVUWCyTDPEnS2MB0mD7QvVSK7cMa2-k1wo
I prayed that God would protect our brothers (and sisters)-in-arms in Virginia. I prayed for them to show resolve and courage in the face of politicians who would be our kings and queens if they could have their way! I prayed that they would show up carrying their weapons if they so chose to, and that they would not be provoked into firing the first shot, but that if shots were fired, God would bless them, US (pun intended) with the ability to fire the last.” I prayed that God would confound the plans of the wicked and thwart the plans of any real ANTIFA enemies George Soros and his agent provocateur would bus into the event.
I also prayed for the faith and courage I need to continue doing what God has directed me to do in this war for the soul of our beloved USA. I prayed that God would help me to actually show up at real “ground zero events” like what took place at the Virginia State Capital.
While the concept that “all our problems are spiritual” has never set right with my spirit — or the Holy Spirit within me, I better understand now how “sluggish” passive and useless is that unBiblical philosophy and interpretation that says “Most of King David’s enemies were spiritual.”
For those who recited the “made-up threats” from “false prophets” in the media and the Virginia governor’s office that were designed to scare and dissuade others from attending, and to those who even came right out and recommended that people not attend the rally, because “our problems are spiritual,” I say two things:
- Proverbs 22:13 (ESV) says, “The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!”
- It’s a good thing America’s Bible-believing founders serve as examples of how God uses people who actually step out in faith to secure the rights he gives us.
2 Corinthians 10:4 says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.” One is cautioned about making ”One Verse Theology,” as Jesus gives us a Bible interpretation methodology, in Matthew 18:16 everything will be confirmed by the mouth of two or three witnesses.” This concept also is stated in John 8:17, 2 Corinthians 13:1 1 Tim 5:19, Heb 10:28, 1 John 5:7, and Deut. 17:6, and 19:5. This means that one should study to compare at least what two, and better yet, triangulate what at least three people said, of those whom God used to write His Scriptures.
Comparing 2 Cor. 10:4 with other Scriptures leaves us no indication that we cannot answer a call to action, with “Our problems are spiritual, so I’ll just stay home and pray.” Indeed, some may be called to stay home and pray, and if you are called to do that, then do so. But do not act as if that is the modus operandi for Christianity. Even as Paul wrote 2 Corinthians, he was involved in active service in obedience to Christ. David wrote some of his Psalms from a cave, and wilderness strongholds, fortified against physical enemies.
“Our weapons are not of the flesh,” but our flesh and blood bodies deploy them by actually showing up and operating in obedience to the Lord to deploy them.”
The renowned reformer, Martin Luther, who faced death by burning at the stake from the Catholic Church for standing on God’s Word and refuting “Church traditions,” said, “If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the Word of God except for precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved and to be steady on all the battlefront besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.” – Martin Luther
While it may sound spiritual to say, “All our problems are spiritual,” it is unspiritual to think that God does not require us to take action! Our brothers and sisters in Virginia demonstrated that last week. May God give us the grace and power to answer the call and show up when it’s our turn.