NASHVILLE — Gun ownership and using lethal violence to save lives are applications of the Golden Rule, Southern Baptists’ top leader on moral and ethical concerns said Dec. 19 on National Public Radio (NPR). Asked on NPR’s All Things Considered program about the New Testament justification for owning firearms, Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, replied: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Love your neighbor as yourself.”
“If you see your neighbor being attacked, if you see your neighbor in danger, you have an obligation and a responsibility to do what you can to protect them,” Land said.
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