That belief manifested itself again last month when the Pope spoke to a youth rally in Turin, Italy. As Yahoo news reported, Pope Francis addressed the crowd saying,
“If you trust only men you have lost,” he told the young people in a long, rambling talk about war, trust and politics after putting aside his prepared address.
“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn’t it?” he said to applause.
He also criticized those who invest in weapons industries, saying “duplicity is the currency of today … they say one thing and do another.”
Catch that. Pope Francis didn’t stop at weapons manufacturers – but also those who “invest” in the weapons industry. AKA, if you buy a gun, you may “call” yourself a Christian… but are you?
The Pope implies that if you say you are a Christian and own a firearm, you’re a hypocrite. So, if you own a gun, you can’t possibly believe in Jesus? Love people? Huh?
Interestingly, a 2013 study found that 25% percent of Catholics are likely to own guns, as well as 36% of Protestants and other Christians. Which begs the question… is the Pope right, and more than a quarter of Christiandom wrong?
The fact is, owning a gun doesn’t make you a good person or a bad person. It doesn’t make you a Christian or a heathen. A gun is an amoral inanimate object. Like any tool it can be used for good, or bad.
The Bible makes it pretty clear what being a Christian is all about. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
That’s the Gospel. Right there. Guns aren’t mentioned anywhere. Neither are rocks, hammers, knives, or any other type of weapon.
Because, Pope Francis, owning a gun doesn’t make you a heathen or a hypocrite. It, quite simply, makes you a gun owner.