Combining Faith and Firearms
Nehemiah was a prophet, a social reformer, and a defender of the innocent in the fifth century B.C. He is given permission by the Persian King to rebuild the walls of his home city, Jerusalem, the central location where Yahweh was worshiped. He was opposed by the enemies of Israel, who conspired together and attacked the workers. Nehemiah's response to this is instructive. It says in Nehemiah 4:9, "But we prayed to our God, and because of them we set up a guard against them day and night." It is this text of Scripture that inspired me to start a company called Faith Guardians.
Nehemiah's response is instructive. He does not retaliate in anger, seeking to destroy his enemies, but he does "set up a guard." Verse seventeen of that same chapter tells us that "those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens took their load with one hand doing the work and the other holding a weapon." They were not the aggressors, seeking to destroy their enemies, but neither would they be passive victims of physical violence. Yet at the same time, they defended their right to build the walls of Jerusalem so that they could worship their God and live in safety and security once again. This is an excellent model for all citizens, Christian or otherwise. The ethics of self-defense are not in conflict with the worship of God and the love of people, even our enemies.
My hope is that I can help you understand the principles of safe firearm handling, fundamentals of shooting, and be able to apply them to defensive tactics. We live in a dangerous world. Heaven is the only safe place in the universe. Until we get there, I want to help you get ready for whatever threats may come, and yet also to have the mindset of a righteous defender of the innocent.
NRA Basic Pistol, Personal Protection in the Home
First Responder Active Shooter
USPSA and IDPA competitive shooter
Army Veteran, Infantry, Operation Enduring Freedom
Working on Ph.D. on the ethics of self-defense