Liberals, as a general rule, dislike religion, and in specific, they dislike Christianity. This fact was made perfectly clear at the 2012 Democrat Convention in Charlotte, as the crowd literally and loudly denied God three times.
Even within Christianity there are progressives that seek to twist thousands of years of doctrine to perverse ends and rewrite our understanding of the relationship between man and God in a way that allows them to pick and choose the tenants of faith they want to follow.
The Armor of Light is a reputed documentary that instead focuses on the deeply skewed views about the relationship between the people of God and weapons help by one man.
Director Abigal Disney boldly holds forth every left-wing cliche about firearms and gun owners as being the “God’s honest truth” without any introspection whatsoever, and follows a fellow liberal attempting to rewrite Christianity to better comport with his liberal views on arms and Christianity.
In her new documentary, The Armor of Light (which opens in select theaters today), filmmaker Abigail Disney invites evangelical Christians to re-examine their views on gun ownership—not as a political issue, but as a moral one. The film follows the Rob Schenck—president of Faith in Action and chairman of the Evangelical Church Alliance—as he grapples with whether Christians can truly claim to be pro-life and also pro-gun.
The intention of the film, Disney and Schenck say, is not to tell evangelicals what to think, but rather to push them to ask important questions. To that end, they offered free tickets to NRA members for the film’s opening weekend.
“This is about opening up the conversation,” Disney said, “and how are we going to have a meaningful conversation unless everyone’s invited?”
We talked with Disney and Schenck about their motivations behind the film, why gun control is such a contentious issue and what productive conversation might look like.
Judeo-Christian views on arms for self-defense are, to borrow a phrase, “settled science.”
The Fifth Commandment is “Thou shall not murder.”
It was NEVER “Thou shall not kill.”
Biblical translations sometimes suffer in their translations from Hebrew and Greek to Latin to English, but even someone with a mere passing familiarity with the history in the Bible knows that “thou shall not kill” simply does not match up with the acts of prophets and the faithful in either the Old or New Testaments.
The Old Testament is replete with stories of Jewish warriors bearing arms at God’s command, and the Ark of the Covenant itself was used as the world’s first “weapon of mass destruction,” ripping asunder the walls of Jericho.
The New Testament likewise recognizes the not only the right, but the duty of armed self-defense. Jesus himself ordered the Disciples to be armed for their protection.
The Catholic Church likewise explains that:
Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality. Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one’s own right to life. Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow.
Your life is a precious gift from God, and refusing to defend that gift of your life is an affront to God. While I can’t place my finger on it at the moment, I’ve read sermons from ministers in the early days of our nation who insisted that not fighting for your life is a form of suicide, or self-murder, and is a violation of the Fifth Commandment.
Ministers were key figures and played out-sized rolls in the American Revolution and Civil War for both the North and the South, often helping raise and marching into battle with militias drawn from their communities and congregations.
Disney and Schenck are attempting to rewrite the Fifth Commandment, claiming they know better the mind of God than David, Solomon, and Jesus himself.
It’s incredibly smug and arrogant, and yet another attempt of progressives to undermine faith, this time from inside the church.
Perhaps Schenck’s Bible doesn’t include the Psalm 91, also known as the “Warrior’s psalm.”
1He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9If you make the Most High your dwelling—
even the Lord, who is my refuge—
10then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
Perhaps Abigal Disney hasn’t heard of Psalm 144 of one of God’s most famous warrior-kings, David, slayer of the Philistine giant Goliath:
Praise be to the Lord my Rock,
who trains my hands for war,
my fingers for battle.
2 He is my loving God and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield, in whom I take refuge,
who subdues peoples[a] under me.
3 Lord, what are human beings that you care for them,
mere mortals that you think of them?
4 They are like a breath;
their days are like a fleeting shadow.
5 Part your heavens, Lord, and come down;
touch the mountains, so that they smoke.
6 Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy;
shoot your arrows and rout them.
7 Reach down your hand from on high;
deliver me and rescue me
from the mighty waters,
from the hands of foreigners
8 whose mouths are full of lies,
whose right hands are deceitful.
9 I will sing a new song to you, my God;
on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you,
10 to the One who gives victory to kings,
who delivers his servant David.
From the deadly sword 11 deliver me;
rescue me from the hands of foreigners
whose mouths are full of lies,
whose right hands are deceitful.
12 Then our sons in their youth
will be like well-nurtured plants,
and our daughters will be like pillars
carved to adorn a palace.
13 Our barns will be filled
with every kind of provision.
Our sheep will increase by thousands,
by tens of thousands in our fields;
14 our oxen will draw heavy loads.[b]
There will be no breaching of walls,
no going into captivity,
no cry of distress in our streets.
15 Blessed is the people of whom this is true;
blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.
The sword and the shield accompany one another as part of a balanced system. Armor is useless and will not offer you endless protection if you cannot or will not strike back against those attempting to rob you of God’s gift of life.
Those who seek to disarm you are not concerned about your everlasting soul nor your corporeal body. They are seeking your enslavement to assuage their cowardice, and/or are attempting to rewrite long understood articles of faith to comport with their flawed views.