How can I be safe?

With all the discussion on gun control in the wake of recent shootings, one can’t help but wonder how we can be safe. Questions and arguments swirl around gun laws and gun availability, but whatever measures national and international leaders or individuals, as civilians, take to address these issues, for me the main question to ask is: What is the basis of our safety? 

There are numerous stories in the Bible depicting the followers of God facing insurmountable odds. The children of Israel were defenseless, blocked by a sea as Pharaoh’s 600 chariots and army bore down to kill them (see Exodus 14). Daniel was thrown into the pit with hungry lions (see Daniel 6). Elisha and his servant found themselves surrounded by the Syrian king’s army (see II Kings 6). Yet, by relying on God for safety in each instance, men, women, and children were safe and gained victory over evil. Even Jesus found himself in what we would say was an extremely dangerous situation. When preaching, he was suddenly in the midst of an angry mob that wanted to kill him. They dragged him to a cliff to throw him to his death, yet he walked through them—untouched, safe (see Luke 4:28–30).

In the periodicals published by The Christian Science Publishing Society, there are testimonies and articles that report life-threatening situations resolved by turning to God as the only power (see: “Danger and Violence Defused,” Christian Science Sentinel, September 3, 2001; “Sanctuary in Captivity,” The Christian Science Journal, April 2011; and “Divine Love Heals and Protects,” News of Healing podcast, August 7, 2012).

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