Help put an end to gun violence
Prayers & Action
for Gun Safety
A Call to Our Fellow Christians:
429 Signers and counting!
"First of all, then, I urge that petitions (specific requests), prayers, intercessions (prayers for others) and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all people, for kings and all who are in [positions of] high authority, so that we may live a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity."
As faithful churchgoers and leaders in the evangelical Christian community, we are heartbroken and deeply concerned about the gun violence that continues to plague our nation.
Day after day, week after week, we are witnessing one deadly shooting after the other. None of us are safe, even in the safe havens of our churches and schools. 100,000 Americans will be shot this year; more than 30,000 will die, including many children.
As we mourn for our brothers and sisters who have died, we pray fervently for their friends and family who grieve. We also accept and declare that it is time to couple our thoughts and prayers with action. Our actions might look different for each one of us, depending on how gun violence has uniquely affected us and those we love, be it mass shootings, suicide by gun, domestic abuse, gang violence, or other gun-related acts of violence. We ask all Christian leaders to join together as brothers and sisters in Christ to become part of the solution.
We acknowledge our Biblical responsibility to protect life by lovingly guiding those who are suffering from severe mental illnesses to the appropriate professional resources, by urging America’s lawmakers to pass common-sense gun laws, and by encouraging gun owners to take precautions against the risks associated with allowing firearms in their homes when children are present or when a family member is dealing with crisis.
With this petition, we call on our fellow Christian believers, church leaders, and pastors across the country to declare that we will decisively respond to this problem with both prayer and action.
Founding Signers of Petition:
1 TIMOTHY 2:1-2
Reverend Rob Schenck
President of The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute, Senior fellow of the Centre for Study of Law and Public Policy at Oxford
Author and Pastor
Reverend Dr. Joel Hunter
President, Community Resource Center of Central Florida and Retired Senior Pastor of Northland Church
Advocate for Global Engagement
Co-Founder of Willow Creek Community Church
Jamie Aten, PhD
Founder & Executive Director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College
A. R. Bernard
Christian Cultural Center
NY Commission of Religious Leaders
Sheen Center for Thought and Culture
Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer
Presiding Bishop, Macedonia International Bible Fellowship
Dr. Preston Sprinkle
Teacher, Speaker, and New York Times Best-Selling Author
Director of Public Policy, Christian Life Commission, Texas Baptists (The Baptist General Convention)
Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero
President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition
Pastor, Calvario City Church
The Honorable Suzan Johnson Cook
Former United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Presidential Advisor, and Theologian
Director of The Murdock Trust and former Vice President of U.S. Programs for World Vision
Director, Christian Life Commission, Texas Baptists (The Baptists General Convention)
Reverend Peter Chin
Senior Pastor of Rainier Avenue Church, author of Blindsided by God and a contributing writer for Christianity Today
Founder/Senior Pastor at INSIGHT Church
Reverend Kenneth Tanner
Church of the Holy Redeemer
Rochester Hills, Michigan
Michael W. Austin
Eastern Kentucky University
Professor of Philosophy
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As we pray, let's also send a message to our lawmakers to protect life with common-sense gun laws!