Put on your breastplate of righteousness and your helmet of salvation. Take up your shield of faith and prepare your sword of the Spirit. Oh, and don’t forget your 9mm of smokin’ faith bullets. Missed that one, didn’t you? No you didn’t because it’s not anywhere to be found in Ephesians 6. However those glocks can be found on Arkansas House Bill 1958. According to this Bill, it is “an act to allow a concealed handgun licensee to carry a concealed handgun in church or other place of worship; and for other purposes”. It’s been approved by the House and is now waiting approval from the Senate and Governor which, in all likelihood, is only a formality. Of course, if you don’t live in Arkansas this really doesn’t concern you but don’t go complaining when you see that spider crawl out of the hymnal holders in the pew in front of you. We bet you’d be wishing you went to church in Arkansas. In all seriousness, though, it seems like there are more church shootings happening than ever before and Arkansas Legislation is thinking this may help protect a lot of church members from a crazed shooter who happens to walk into a church service. It might and it might not. You never know what’s going to happen in a situation like that. What we do know is that people are not going to stop going to church because of this threat. Churches are safe places. And it’s not because we lock our doors when church starts, because we don’t. That shooter is free to come in; just like the homeless person, the rich person and the lost person. Everyone needs to hear the message the Church has to offer. It’s a message of love, God’s love. The guns we’re allowed to carry and the locks on the doors don’t keep us safe. It’s that love that we’re shown and that we try to show that keeps us safe.
With that being said, we’ve got 4 pretty good reasons why guns in churches can be a good thing.
# 4 Who wouldn’t listen to a preacher packing heat?
We don’t know about you but if we saw a preacher waving a gun in one hand and a Bible in the other, our ears would perk up and we would be trying our hardest not to blink. If he unloaded a few rounds down the aisles you better believe that the altar would be filled up during the altar call and confessions and baptisms would go through the roof.
# 3 Guns can be a good way of showing approval.
When someone does a music special or gives a testimony, we usually respond by clapping or saying a few hearty “amens”. Nothing says “I agree with that” better than a 21 gun salute from the entire congregation
Mark is ready to let off a few clips of “I agree with that!”.
# 2 Guns make great accessories.
At church, most people like to wear their “Sunday best” and sometimes the attire is not complete without the complementing accessory.
Listen, I don’t know from nothing. See?
# 1 What’s more American than guns and the Bible?
Quick, what made us get away from the British?
What kept us away from the British?
If we’re ever going to get back to American Exceptionalism, we’re going to have to get back to two things we love: reading the Bible and shooting guns.