Skip to comments.Right-Wing Christians Take It To a New Low By Handing Out Guns In Churches (Rant Alert)
Posted on 06/17/2014 4:05:58 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet is a commonly quoted line from William Shakespeares play Romeo and Juliet, in which Juliet appears to argue that the names of things do not matter, only what things really are. The lines meaning is applicable in America in the sense that although the overwhelming majority of religious conservative Americans hate everything Jesus Christ preached and taught, calling themselves Christians and followers of Christ does not change the fact they are anti-Christ in every sense of the name. The notion of so-called Christians exposing themselves as the anti-Christs they really are is being played out in the drive to put more guns in the hands of more Americans, especially conservative Christian Americans; it is no surprise it is being advanced by right-wing Christian churches.
Last month at the Lone Oak First Baptist church in Paducah, Kentucky, a line of people wrapped around the building waiting anxiously to get inside, but not because they sought spiritual guidance from Jesus Christs teachings, but to win one of the twenty-five guns being raffled off. One may be inclined to think Lone Oak First Baptist is an aberration among churches purported to be followers of Christ, but according to the Kentucky Baptist Convention, handing out human-killing weapons is the best way to get people into church. Last year there were at least 50 Christian church gun giveaways in Kentucky alone, and an official at Lone Oak Baptist said handing out free guns is a rallying point to bring people to Christ.
According to Lone Oak Sunday school teacher David Keele, Were doing two things here. One, were going to talk about the Second Amendment to bear arms. But that isnt the primary thing. The primary thing is who Jesus is. The only primary thing is that Keele and Kentucky Baptists lack even a rudimentary understanding of who Jesus was or why calling themselves Christians while crusading for 2nd Amendment rights makes them rank liars and anti-Christs for opposing Christs teaching.
The featured speaker at the Baptist gun giveaway was hired by Kentucky Southern Baptists as a traveling full-time evangelist who defended the Baptists giving away guns and said, if giving away guns allows them to come into the doors of the church to hear that the church has a message thats relevant to their lives, theres absolutely nothing wrong with that. The paid evangelist wasted little time getting to the Christian message that is relevant to peoples lives and told other Christians that, Theres no government on the face of this earth that has the right to take this gun from me to thunderous applause. The evangelist even said he believed in Christs message of turning the other cheek, but only to a certain point; a certain point that cannot be found in any of Christs teachings.
The idea of Christian churches handing out guns, following the teachings of the NRA, and crusading for the 2nd Amendment is not restricted to Kentucky or Baptists. Other Christian denominations in other states regularly offer guns alongside bibles cementing their proud identity as followers of Christ. Christian churches handing out guns brings up a larger point regarding so-called Christians in this country; there are very few, if any, Christians in America. It is especially true of the Christian Right that supports any Republican candidate, conservative policies, or agenda founded on greed and inhumanity. It is highly likely the last American to adhere to Christs teachings was not a Christian by any stretch of the imagination, but he certainly understood the value in Christs moral teachings. Thomas Jefferson created his own rendering of Christs teachings after carefully removing every reference to Christ as a deity, miracle worker, or supernatural being in The Jefferson Bible.
It is impossible for any American to support conservatives or Republicans and be a follower of Christ no matter how devoutly they claim Christianity as their religion. In fact, it is relatively safe to say that if a person calls themselves a Republican, teabagger, libertarian, or an independent and votes for Republican candidates and claim they are also Christians, they are pathological liars of the first order. It is utterly impossible to support any Republican policy and be a Christian, and yet they are the people most likely to claim their religious devotion to Christianity informs their support of conservatives in general and Republicans in particular.
Any Christian that supports the NRA or adheres to the 2nd amendment as the be all, end all defining trait of being an American, they are a liar and not remotely close to being a Christian. In fact, unless a so-called Christian lives in the wilderness and depends on hunting for survival, there is no reason to own a firearm if they subscribe to Christs teachings in the bible that all they need is faith that they will be resurrected by Christ after they die; even if they die at the hands of an armed intruder.
One often hears so-called Christians claim they adamantly support feeding, housing, and providing healthcare for the poor, and in the same breath claim their undying support for Republicans; they are liars. The same people vehemently claim they believe in, and support, the Constitutions guarantee of equal rights for all Americans, and then vote for Republicans passing legislation restricting gay, women, and people of colors equal rights. Conservative Christians who oppose the federal government, taxation, and Constitutional prohibition on establishing religion are in violation of Christs admonition to pay taxes and obey government authority like a good slave. The list goes on and on, but the point is glaringly obvious; it is impossible to be a Christian and support Republicans on any level.
On a larger scale, it is a near-impossibility to find a so-called Christian of the conservative type that follows the bible they claim is the infallible word of god. It is true they have latched on to a couple of verses that fit their culture of hate, but it is a rare day indeed to hear even one conservative Christian cite one verse attributed to their avatar of light Jesus Christ. The so-called Christians are not even good Jews as part of their storied Judeo-Christian heritage. They worship graven idols like the cross their lord and savior was crucified on, swear allegiance to a symbol of objects in the sky and Earth (American flag), and violate the majority of the Ten Commandments they insist should replace the Constitution. However, it is their devotion and dedication to Republicans, guns, and a culture of greed and inhumanity that informs they are not Christians; they are anti-Christs.
The seeds of the American revolution were planted in colonial churches.
Awesome! The crazy went up to 11.
Guns in the hand of Christians in Egypt, Syria, and Iraq might keep them alive even if they do not use them.
Conservative Christians who oppose the federal government, taxation, and Constitutional prohibition on establishing religion are in violation of Christs admonition to pay taxes and obey government authority like a good slave
Nigerian and Kenyan Christians would be well served to get guns
He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. ~Luke 22:36
2000 years later:
“Bring your wallet, and your ruck, and if you don’t have an AR, sell your jacket and buy one.”
Enjoyable, but too long, a read to start the day.
This article is circumstantial proof that JFKs leadership in ordering crazies back on the street was bad policy.
I still say that the Marlin Model 60 is the perfect all-around, if you could only own one rifle rifle. Think about it.
What a nut job. Perhaps the writer should let Jesus drive his car and let us know how that works for him.
and does Jesus Tell us to pay taxes re; render unto Caesar? That is does Caesar really own anything .... or does ALL belong to G-d?
Where is that church? I could use a few more guns.
This guy/gal writes and reasons like a 14 year old. I am really sick of anyone under 50 right now. Damn!
What’s your position on ABORTION?
Seriously ... has this critter been visiting Colorado?
Rmuse - Audio engineer and instructor for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of women, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of religion and particularly, freedom of NO religion. Born in the South, raised in the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn’t look good. Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.
“turning the other cheek” I read an analysis of this admonition by Jesus the other day. It said that a master would slap a slave on the left cheek as an insult. Turning the right cheek would be a sign of the slave the he should be slapped on the cheek of a free man, a child of God. The libs hang on that one phrase as showing that Jesus was advocating that we all lie down before the oppressors. The book is Jesus the one and only by Beth More.