About Jesus Steve Sweetman
In The Cracks Of Gun Control
sometimes wonder why I put myself through the frustration
of watching Pierce Morgan on CNN, especially in recent weeks.
I suppose I do get to hear what the other side is saying, and
that is important.
what I've seen on CNN and elsewhere, there's one thing I've noticed
hiding in the cracks of the current gun control debate in the U. S..
The claim is that the majority of mass murders are committed by
those labeled "mentally ill".
The idea hiding in the cracks is to create a national registry of
mentally ill people. Once
this data bank is created, you then link it to a national gun registry. Then
government will know everyone who has a gun, and everyone who is
considered to be mentally ill. They
will know who should possess a gun and who shouldn't.
This should prevent a mentally ill person from buying a gun and
then using it on others, or so the theory goes.
light of the ever changing definition of mental illness, and in light of
a desire for a national registry of the mentally ill, I have a few
questions. Who would define
mental illness? Who would
determine who is mentally ill? Who
would decide who should be listed in a national registry of the mentally
ill? Will extremists, as
some now call the conservative religious right, be deemed mentally ill?
Will the names of these so-called new mentally ill be placed in
the registry? Once these
names are listed in a national data base, what will be done with these
names? More importantly, how
will this impact the people to whom these names belong?
Lastly, would you consider this a loss of liberty?
this. From offline and
online sources, your personal profile is stored and updated regularly in
a Washington D. C. data base. Your file is then flagged,
reviewed, and interpreted by a government computer.
Your profile clearly shows you to be very religious and
religiously intolerant. Your
views concerning morality and sexuality are outdated and perceived as
being bigoted. Your understanding
that abortion is murder clearly opposes the general consensus.
You question a liberal government's excessive intrusion into
society. You're convinced
that separation of church and state doesn't mean separation of the
Biblical God from state. You
talk to God and you claim He answers.
You believe in a spirit world, angels and demons floating around
in an alternate universe. You
believe in the coming of some messianic superman who will swoop down
from the sky to end this age. Your
first allegiance is to some cult called the Kingdom
think about this. Might you
not be a bit suspect? Might
not the government computer flag you as a potential problem?
Might you not be a prime candidate for the funny farm, or at
least for the national registry of the mentally ill?
You've definitely got some of these new mental illness phobias
that only medication, electric shock treatment, or, confinement might
can be assured, there'll be no guns for you.
A butter knife may be the sharpest object you're allowed to
possess. Your freedom of
speech that allows you to spread your gospel on Facebook, Twitter, and
the rest of the net, will be taken away.
Your free expression of religion will be relegated to the
confines of your home, or possibly your psychiatric hospital room.
Your freedom to assemble in your small home Bible study group
will no longer exist. In the
name of national security, Homeland Security and the F.B.I. will keep a
very close eye on you.
course the very thought of something like this happening in the western
world, especially in the land of the
brave and the free, would flag you as being a nut cake, or at the least,
a right winged extremist. How
could such things take place in a well educated and tolerant society?
Maybe I'm being over dramatic.
We'll have to wait and see. One
thing I know, it's happened before, and it can happen again. Christians
being considered as mentally ill is not only a possibility, but a good
Consider what Jesus told the church of Smyrna. "Do not be afraid about what you are about to suffer … be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life". (Revelation 2:10) So now we have a martyrdom complex, just one more proof of being mentally ill.
might just want to rethink what Revelation 2:10 means to us. Right
now, in the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ, are crowns of life for those of us who remain faithful in an unfaithful world.