Ok, so it’s not news now. Farrah Fawcette and Michael Jackson died yesterday. Two days earlier, Ed McMahon died. David Carradine died 23 days ago. I can easily point to each one of them and say “I remember watching that!” My prayers go out to their families, especially the children of Michael Jackson, Michael Jr. AKA,”Prince”, 12, Paris, 11 and Prince Michael, AKA “Blanket”, 7. These little children have lost the only parent they ever knew.
Now, on to something a little more disturbing. I just read an article in the New York Times about the pastor of an Assemblies of God church in Kentucky. He is passionate about gun rights. So much so that he has invited his congregation to bring their guns to church. There will be a “fair-like” feel to the day, including tips on gun safety and a picnic.
By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE New York Times
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ken Pagano, the pastor of the New Bethel Church here, is passionate about gun rights. He shoots regularly at the local firing range, and his sermon two weeks ago was on “God, Guns, Gospel and Geometry.” And on Saturday night, he is inviting his congregation of 150 and others to wear or carry their firearms into the sanctuary to “celebrate our rights as Americans!” as a promotional flier for the “open carry celebration” puts it.
The article goes on to state that the church’s insurance company, who was un-named, has canceled the policy for that day, and will cancel the policy in it’s entirety at the end of the year. The issue being that if the church cannot secure insurance for that day, then the event will not be able to go on as planned.
The pastor is quoted as saying that not all christian denominations are pacifists. And while that may be true, is he really leading his flock into the right battle? Our current series at church is titled “Boot Camp”. We’ve been learning about all the ways that we need to prepare ourselves as soldiers of Christ, and how to equip ourselves for the battles we face daily. I’m disturbed at the thought of an entire congregation bringing their guns to church as a sign of solidarity; a movement for less government involvement with regard to hand guns in America.
I have an opinion on the matter of gun control. But this is not the forum for that discussion. But I’m wondering about a pastor who feels so strongly about an issue such as gun control that he would invite his whole congregation to come together with guns. What is the real point of that? What does it proove? And how does that action further the Kingdom of heaven? How does it teach children and families about the real enemy of all Christians? How does it equip this congregation to fight that enemy? Can you shoot Satan?