In the colonial days of America, it was not uncommon for men to bring their guns with them to church. They were needed to protect against Indians and the British. One pastor charged his congregation to take up arms and join the revolution against the British. At the end of his sermon, Rev. Peter Muhlenberg took off his robe to reveal the uniform of a colonel in the 8th Virginia Regiment in the Continental Army under the command than none other, General George Washington.
With the increased attacks on churches in America today, it’s time that we follow some of the traditions of our colonial heroes like Muhlenberg, who went on to become a member of the US House.
The post below talks about a church that held a regular ‘bring your guns to church week’ and after the service, the men would go out to a range and practice shooting.
(Keep and Bear) – I laughed several years ago when a friend showed me the Sunday Bulletin from his church. It reminded members that the following Sunday was their monthly “Bring Your Gun to Church Week.” At first, I thought it was a joke since this was years before church shootings became commonplace. But he explained that one Sunday a month many of the church members had lunch and then went to the firing range together to maintain their firing skills.
I was reminded of this after the tremendous response I received from my most recent article (“Terrorist Massacres Entire Church”) in which I advised pastors and churches to establish a security plan. As a result of that article, I spent most of the last week advising churches on security and the most necessary components of a good security strategy. The fact that I am a pastor along with my experience in the Marine Corps and as an officer in the sheriff’s department helped me relate to the pastors as they sought answers.
But the Baptist church’s monthly excursion to practice shooting reminded me of the fact that having a security blueprint was not enough. It’s not enough to do as the Lighthouse Church in upstate New York does when it encourages its members to carry their guns when they attend services. Yes, their sign announcing that “We Are Not a Gun Free Zone” will probably discourage potential murderers. But what if one enters the church anyway? Are the armed members really ready to protect their church family? …
In the past, I’ve written about incidents where someone with a concealed carry gun stopped a church shooting in progress, saving lives. If it was common knowledge that members of a church were regularly armed, it would act as a great deterrent to any would-be mass shooter. They would definitely think twice before targeting a church full of gun toting people.