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the Body of Christ as the Ecclesia (or "church" in a broader sense of the term )is unarmed but the state has the guns!
We do have a Bill of Rights, so the state does not have all of the guns. In the process of keeping the state confined so that it does not interfere with free associations and the church, we do have the authority as sovereign political communities to administer controlled violence. We are not trying to take on the state, but with God's help and wisdom we can make positive changes under Constitutional law(Article V Con Con, 2nd amendment).
The "separation of church and state" doctrine turns this whole concept upside down!
Before the Ekklesia became a state religion, Christians were martyred in great numbers, but we are to offer ourselves up as living sacrifices holy and acceptable to God. Before Jesus Christ died he commanded his disciples to begin arming themselves, not to prevent his arrest of course, but he did have a long range goal for his people-a nation of kings and priests. Romans 13 vs 1 says that God as ordained all powers in this world, including the Ekklesia or called out ones who are ambassadors of the world to come(kingdom sovereignty).