Should Christians Own Guns?

Dear OCN Supporters,

This month’s topic – guns and violence – is one on which Christians have a wide array of opinions, thoughts, and feelings. As Orthodox Christians considering this issue, we must remember what our priests say each week in the liturgy: “Let us go forth in peace,” adding, “Grant peace to Your world, to Your churches, to the clergy, to those in public service, to the armed forces, and to all Your people.”

While our opinions may differ, there is one thing we can all agree on: gun violence is a very real problem in our country and our world. This month’s interviews with guests on both sides of the gun control issue do not claim to solve the problems and cannot stop the violence from happening, but as you listen to these discussions about violence, peace, and our calling as Christians, I hope that you will – like me – think more about what it means to “go forth in peace” in your own life.

And please remember to join in the discussion by leaving a comment or contacting us with your thoughts on our programs. Our goal at OCN is to serve Christ’s flock, but we cannot do that unless we hear from you about your needs and interests.

I wish you and your family a wonderful, blessed, and peaceful Thanksgiving.

In Christ,

Michael Zachariades
OCN Communications Coordinator

 “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8

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