Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Not too long ago, there was a feature post about whether or not guns should be allowed in worship services. Here's a news article that takes it one step further: Gun Loving Pastor
A Kentucky pastor is inviting his flock to bring guns to church to celebrate the Fourth of July and the Second Amendment.
New Bethel Church is welcoming "responsible handgun owners" to wear their firearms inside the church June 27, a Saturday. An ad says there will be a handgun raffle, patriotic music and information on gun safety.
"We're just going to celebrate the upcoming theme of the birth of our nation," said pastor Ken Pagano. "And we're not ashamed to say that there was a strong belief in God and firearms — without that this country wouldn't be here."
The article goes with usual discussion about the constitution and God and our country. There will be a security check at the door, and guns will be required to be unloaded. Also, they say the event was planned months before Dr. George Tiller was murdered and bringing a canned good for a friend is encouraged.
Here's the part that I want to focus on:
He said the point was not to mix worship with guns, though he may reference some passages from the Bible.
"Firearms can be evil and they can be useful," he said. "We're just trying to promote responsible gun ownership and gun safety."
Even IF one feels bringing weapons into a worship service is okay, how can one set up an event such as this, reference passages from the Bible, and still say the point is not to mix worship and guns?
So, let's pretend someone in your church brings up this idea.
Would your church support "Bring-an-unloaded-gun-to-church Sunday?"