02 Self Defense



The Right, Duty, and Responsibility of Self Defense

"Do not unsheath me without reason. Do not wield me without valor."
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"Guarding human life against imminent and unjust violence, as Augustine would argue with his principles of Just War, is a created duty. It is part of loving your neighbor. And while Paul teaches in Romans 13 that the governing authorities 'do not bear the sword for nothing,' the governing authorities are not always on hand when the wicked strike."
Is it okay for Christians to bring weapons into church for self-defense? www.breakpoint.org/2017/11/here-are-two-swords/ Archive copy below

Militia
The militia was before the constitution. There are four places in the American Constitution that affirm the Militia's prior existence, and no law can alter it. The militia is all able bodied members of a community.

Article I, Section 8, Clauses 15 & 16:
[The Congress shall have Power To…]
Clause 15: [ ] “To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;”
Clause 16: [ ] “To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;”
Article II, Section 2, Clause 1:
“The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States…”

"Ultimately, the militia exists to provide security and defend the People. That fact goes all the way back to at least the beginning of the 17th Century at Jamestown. I really don’t consider the militia to be a ‘warfighting’ organization, although they may end up fighting in wars. The principle purpose is simply to provide security and defend the People. In that case, militia training must also be realistic and requirements-based." (forwardobserver.com)

Militia: recognizable armed groups possessing some level of regional legitimacy granted by a segment of the population. Militias might be permanent or ad hoc in nature and maintain their legitimacy through the ability to offer security and/or social services to members (based on ethnic, tribal, geographic, ideological affiliation). ("Rethinking Militias" by Terry L. Hodgson, Glenn R. Thomas, Naval Postgraduate School, 2007)

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