This is a Really Bad Idea
I am not a fan of guns. In my opinion, I think they do more harm than good. The 2nd amendment is as follows:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
So basically because a Militia (or military) is necessary to the security of our country, we all get to carry guns also. To me, this is a bad idea in 2009. However, wherever you fall on this issue for the purpose of this blog is irrelevant. Using the church to celebrate the 2nd amendment and guns is ridiculous.
However, pastor Ken Pagano of Louisville, Kentucky would not agree with me because he is going to do just that. He has invited his church to bring them on a Sunday morning (*retraction* – it is actually a Saturday evening service). I am not making this up. You can read so for yourself here. The headline of that article “Gun Loving pastor to his flock: Piece be with you” made its way to the front page of yahoo.com this afternoon, the 2nd most trafficked website in the world.
Somehow I bet skeptics and non-christians weren’t flooded with positive impressions of Jesus and the Church as they read through the article and saw that picture. How careless can you be? He cited recent events such as church shootings and the killing Sunday of a late-term abortion provider in Kansas as justification to promote safe gun ownership in church. Why not use them as a means to call sinners to repentance and illustrate them as startling reminders of the human condition? Promote safe gun ownership on your personal time all you want. Church services should be a time to worship, corporately confess sin, sit underneath the preaching of God’s Word, and celebrate sacraments like communion. What they are not for is to lift your glocks as you sing Amazing Grace or raffles to give away free guns.
Here are John Phillips, an Arkansas Pastor who was shot twice while leading a service at his former church in 1986, thoughts from the article.
A church is designated as a safe haven, it’s a place of worship,” said Phillips, who was shot by a church member’s relative for an unknown reason and still has a bullet lodged in his spine. “It is unconscionable to me to think that a church would be a place that you would even want to bring a weapon.”
Me either, Pastor Phillips.