If you’re like me, you are getting tired of hearing about guns! The gun subject is like abortion – you are likely to be on one side and no amount of arguing is going to change your side. I’m not going to write about all the issues (you can read them anywhere). I’m going to limit the discussion to one small question:
How do you feel about people carrying their guns into a church service? If you find that shocking, think again. It’s not just in Texas that people are carrying concealed weapons. Friends of mine have told me that they carry their guns everywhere – including church.
So, you’re in the middle of worship and you notice a gun on the person’s belt in front of you. Do you feel safer or more in danger? Does this need disclosed to the congregation? To leadership?
What kind of message does that give to others? To our children?
If you really want to dig deep – how about our Anabaptist roots – should we be defending ourselves in the first place? Should we lay down our lives in testimony of our faith or kill a madman that walks into our house of worship to kill Christians?
If you don’t want to think that hard, go back to the first question: How would you feel about guns in your church service? Go.
Mark 14:46-48 (NIV)
46 The men seized Jesus and arrested him. 47 Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
48 “Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me?