In God (or Guns?) We Trust

Embed from Getty ImagesSince our last post, there have been two major shootings that have rocked the nation. On Sunday, November 5, a 26-year-old man entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas and started shooting people attending the service. Devin Patrick Kelley killed 26 people, including the pastor’s 14-year-old daughter, and wounded 20 others. He was later found dead in his vehicle, after suffering three gunshot wounds, including a self-inflicted shot to the head, according to media reports.

In another mass shooting, a gunman shot into a crowd of people attending the Route 91 music festival outside of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to media reports, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured hundreds of others from his suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Hotel. Media reports further said that Paddock shot himself to death before police arrived.

The two shootings prompted a nationwide discussion on gun control, a hotly-debated topic that surfaces every time a mass shooting occurs. This time, the discussion had a different twist because a church was involved. So, pastors joined the discussion on whether guns should be legally allowed in houses of worship as part of the security measures that many churches already have in place. Naturally, the issue divided many churchgoers. Some felt that it is wise to carry a concealed weapon in church for protection against a potential shooter while others believe it is wiser to trust God—and not a gun—for protection. It also spawned a debate over whether prayer is useless since the Texas shooting victims were in church.

The point of this post is not to take a stand, one way or the other, on guns in churches. Christians have their own viewpoints about this, and this post will not change those viewpoints. The point of this post is to ask the reader, “Do you trust in God or do you trust in a gun to protect you?” Continue reading