COLUMN: Show your love for God; bring a gun

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.
Did you hear about the pastor in Kentucky who, this past weekend, asked his congregation to bring their guns to church with them?
Ken Pagano, pastor of the New Bethel Church in Louisville, asked his flock to bring their guns to church to celebrate being Americans. There was even going to be a raffle of a handgun as part of the celebration.
Alright, Pastor Pagano! Finally someone who recognizes that God and guns go together and always have.
And before guns it was God and swords, then God and wooden clubs and, even in our distant past, we still had God and great big rocks. It’s about time we acknowledged the connection and celebrated it, especially as we approach the Fourth of July and remember the principles on which this great nation was founded.
It’s why we have both the First Amendment (not that freedom of the press thing but freedom of religion) and the 2nd Amendment that gives us the God-given right to bear arms.
Personally, I think it’s a great idea to be able to take your gun to church with you. I know there have been lots of times during a sermon I’d wished I’d had one.
Preacher’s sermon hitting a little too close to home? Pull out your Glock and no more guilt. That old lady in the choir who’s been singing off key for 30 years? Not any more, sister.
Someone sitting in your favorite pew? Now you can protect your property like a real American.
The old skinflint who never puts anything in the collection plate? Fork it over, old man, and don’t forget the gold teeth.
Of course, some liberal, left-wing nutcase is going to complain and ask, “What would Jesus do?” Well, I’m not sure but if guns had been around in Jesus’ time I think Matthew 21:12 might have read a little differently.
“Jesus entered the temple of God and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple … He said to them, ‘It is written, hasta la vista, baby!'”
Pastor Pagano’s church is an Assembly of God church but that shouldn’t stop other denominations from joining in the celebration. After all, the pope has been carrying the Holy Hand Grenade on the end of his scepter for centuries.
Let’s all start taking our guns to church each Sunday.
It’s our God-given right and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, even if, when the last person did it, someone wound up dead. Course, I guess we won’t be able to actually call them “sanctuaries” anymore.
Marty Russell writes a Wednesday column for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 222 Farley Hall, University MS 38677 or by e-mail at marusse1@olemiss.edu.

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