In the wake of the protests inspired by the Parkland shooting survivors, it seems that many Christians need a refresher course on the commandment about not worshiping false idols.
One organization, however, came up with a solution to help remind Christians about their priorities.
The North Carolina Council of Churches, which represents more than 6,000 congregations across the state, just put up this billboard with a refreshing and powerful message, reminding Christians to prioritize the Second Commandment over the Second Amendment.
“Idols can assume a lot of guises in our world that we don’t immediately understand as idolatry,” said Jennifer Copeland, executive director of the North Carolina Council of Churches. “For many of us, guns have become the symbol of safety, the idol we turn to because we ‘believe in them’ to keep us safe.”
She has a point. The people who say we must trust in God to protect us are often the same ones allowing weapons to get in the hands of people who will harm us. Sensible gun restrictions have the support of 68% of registered voters, and that number includes a small majority of Republicans, too. There’s no reason there can’t be bipartisan consensus on this issue moving forward.
I hope some of the group’s future billboards include messages about the hypocrisy of being “pro-life” and pro-gun (particularly pro-assault weapons). But for now, they say they hope to spread the message that “Our communities could become safer by feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, caring for the sick, and visiting the imprisoned.”