Odds & Ends and Random Thoughts
I Think Jesus Would Weep…
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In an effort its spokesman has described as “outreach to rednecks,” the Kentucky Baptist Convention is leading “Second Amendment Celebrations,” where churches around the state give away guns as door prizes to lure in the unchurched in hopes of converting them to Christ.
As many as 1,000 people are expected at the next one, on Thursday at Lone Oak Baptist Church in Paducah, where they will be given a free steak dinner and the chance to win one of 25 handguns, long guns and shotguns.
The goal is to “point people to Christ,” the church says in a flier…
Paul Chitwood, the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s executive director, said such results speak for themselves. “It’s been very effective,” he said in an interview.
But other clergy question what guns and gun rights have to do with with sharing the Gospel.
"How ironic to use guns to lure men in to hear a message about Jesus, who said, ‘Put away the sword,’" said the Rev. Joe Phelps, pastor of Louisville’s independent Highland Baptist Church…
Folks, isn’t it ironic that so-called ‘Christians’ in the Bible Belt – the region that fought to preserve slavery as the southern way of life – often act in ways that would seem to be a total perversion of the religion they so adamantly profess.
Hey, think about it! Church leaders giving out instruments of death to entice people to become Christians? Now, I’m no theological scholar, but in my mind that is about as perverted as you can get. I mean, making a religious connection between guns and Christ in a region that suffers daily the havoc of gun violence is not only moronic, it’s morally indefensible.
Of course, I shouldn’t be too hard on those Kentucky Baptists for mixing religion and gun politics, since it wasn’t that long ago that their forbears were using the Bible to justify slavery. That’s progress, I guess. But, somehow I can’t help but see the the kind of thinking that’s behind the former today as but an extension of the mindsets that promoted the latter in times past. In both cases you had religious leaders so convinced of their own self-righteousness that they were blind to the contradictions between what they preached and what true Christianity entails.