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Brothers Share Powerful Statement: World Needs Jesus, Not More Gun Laws

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The Benham Brothers — Jason and David — have made a name for themselves in many ways as they’ve navigated the public sphere while maintaining a firm focus on their faith.

Their Facebook page says it all.

Foremost, their page lists them as “Followers of Jesus,” and after that comes everything else in order of importance: “Husbands,” “Fathers,” “#EXPERTOWNERSHIP Entrepreneurs” and “Best Selling Authors.”

And they’ve paid for that focus.

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In 2014, the North Carolina-based brothers were set to start an HGTV show called “Flip it Forward,” but following pressure from those who didn’t appreciate the brothers’ conservative Christian stance, the show was canceled before it aired.

But that cancellation hasn’t kept them from standing firm in their convictions. If anything, it helped solidify their position, and they’ve continued to use their online platform to share their message as well as run their business.

In light of an 18-year-old gunman’s mass killing of 21 people at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, the brothers have launched their take on the issues surrounding the incident, and they start strong and offer practical steps that people can take toward a more peaceful existence.

“There’s not enough ‘gun laws’ on earth to turn a young man from a predator to a protector,” their Facebook post begins. “But there is a King, whose name is Jesus, that can step into the heart of a man and change him from the inside out. Unfortunately, we don’t want this King.

“Our nation glorifies everything that stands against King Jesus and His Kingdom fruit — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control. As a result, we’re losing our young men and have lost the soul of our nation.

“The radical Left says it’s all about the guns — but it’s the heart that holds the gun! A gun in the hand of a good man brings peace and protection, but a gun in the hand of a bad man brings pain and destruction. Our nation has a heart problem — not a gun problem.

“Exalt Jesus once again. Teach our young men to deny themselves, become men of God, and fight against evil instead of perpetrate it. Our boys need to be called up to something much higher than video games, binge shows, and porn! There’s so much more…in Christ.

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“Let’s do our part as we grieve with the families in TX today. Let’s look at our own kids, our sphere of influence, our churches and schools…and let’s call these young men to lay down their lives, bow to Jesus, and pick up His cross and follow Him.

“Until then, this path of destruction will never stop.”

The post has gained over 15,000 reactions, 2,000 comments and 7,000 shares, clearly ringing true for many people.

The comments are full of people agreeing and disagreeing with the brothers’ message, but it’s not a message that Jason and David are willing to compromise on.

Do you agree with the Benham Brothers’ take?

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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