I saw a story on TheBlaze this morning, “Should Churchgoers Be Able to Bring Guns to Houses of Worship?” This is a very thought provoking question and I know people on both sides of this issue. Let’s set aside the political aspect of this thought and look at the underlying question. Should Christian be able to defend themselves? As Americans, this is an obvious yes. It’s written in the constitution that Americans should be able to ‘keep and bear arms’ so they can protect themselves. It is an American right and a natural right.
Let’s look at what has happened in the past. There is a great Documentary out called ‘Shooting Back,’ which details how a church in Africa was targeted by Muslims. While the church was in service, the men entered throwing grenades and shooting people. One man was armed and fired back. The men retreated after that. If this man had not been “packing heat,” most if not all of them would have been killed. It is also widely known that Christian persecution throughout the world is rampant and in most cases any caught with a Bible or having a Christian church service are executed.
Just look what’s happening in America. In just about a month we’ve had a handful of shootings. These crimes are happening in public places where the assailants know the victims will be unarmed. One happened in a movie theatre, one in a college, one in a sikh temple, and one in a Christian organization. The FRC shooting in Washington D.C. was direct attack on Christians by extreme leftists. Hate crimes against Christians are on the rise. There was a study just released that on more than 600 documented cases of hostility against Christians in the U.S. That’s just the documented ones, who knows how many are undocumented.
I’ve said it before, and at the risk of being called someone who “clings to my religion and my guns”, I am going to cling to my religion and my guns! I think that carrying in church is something that you need to decide on yourself and talk with your pastor, priest, or rabbi about. It is not against the law, a church is private property, and I feel that there is enough threat in this world to validate bringing a gun to church.