Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Guns and our Higher Power

I am honored to have been invited to offer the invocation and say a few words at the March on Washington for Gun Control on Saturday, January 26.

The goals of the march are hardly very radical.
  • Reinstate the assault weapons ban 
  • Ban high-capacity ammunition magazines 
  • Enforce a 28-day waiting period, as well as required background checks 
  • Require gun-safety training 
  • Outlaw bullets that shatter in the body
I have been pondering how to pray about guns.

My first impulse is to admit to our Higher Power that we as a society are addicted to guns. To admit we are powerless over our need to possess guns - that our lives as a people have become unmanageable. (Step One)

To admit that our addiction goes back to the days when the Constitution was being written and is deeply entrenched in our national character.

To admit that we are powerless over our addiction and we need the help of our Higher Power.

To ask for the grace to come to believe that a power greater than ourselves can restore us to sanity. (Step Two)

What do you think?

How would you pray?

(My thanks to the organizers of the march Molly Smith and Suzanne Blue Star Boy for the invitation to participate. Watch their video here.)

1 comment:

  1. Guns have divine status in the US. James Atwood in America and its Guns talks about guns as an idol. He quotes Charlton Heston when he was presented with an antique gun, "Sacred stuff resides in that wooden stock and blue steel when ordinary hands can possess such an extraordinary instrument that gives the most common man the most uncommon of freedoms that symbolize the full measure of human dignity and liberty."
    Guns are not just an addiction; they are an idol.