What’s The Big Deal About Guns In Church?


It’s illegal to have a gun in a church in the state of Georgia. I know. It makes no sense. It’s sort of like folks in Nashville not being allowed to listen to country music. Or Auburn fans being told that they can’t take their significant other to Krystal for Valentine’s Day.

The Safe Carry Protection Act, if signed by Governor Nathan Deal, would change all of that. Well, the gun part. There’s nothing he can do about taking your date to Krystal. Sorry, Auburn fans.

The reactions to the bill have been predictable.

Gun-control advocates call it the guns everywhere bill.

The NRA calls it historic.

Southern Baptists are saying, “Wait just a minute. You mean all this time I wasn’t supposed to be carrying my gun to church?”

The issue really has more to do with freedom than it does guns. What gives any government the right to tell any church what they can and cannot have inside of their building? If the state of Georgia can tell you that you can’t bring a gun to church, what’s to stop them from telling you that your old hymnals need to be removed and replace with ones containing paper that was harvested from fair trade certified mills which use only repurposed materials? A government agent has never had to deal with opposition like he would see if he tried to remove the hymn books from an old baptist church.

Or what about all of the food we like to eat? “Have you seen how many calories are in that fried chicken?” they might tell us. “And the goldfish to sugary drink ratio in your nursery is way off balance. We’re going to have to do an inspection.”

Where will it all end?

That’s the problem with progressive politics. It only addresses the immediate problem with no regard for the future or how the so-called solution could actually make matters worse. A guy kills another guy with a gun? Take all the guns away. Some kid gets fat because he likes to eat 12 donuts everyday for breakfast? Ban the donuts. The weeds in your lawn are unmanageable? Set fire to every house in the neighborhood. React to the crisis at hand. The rest should take care of itself. And when it doesn’t, maybe our grandkids can take care of it. Good look, youngsters!

The pastor and leadership of a church should have the freedom to allow guns onto their property if they so choose. But Don Plummer, a communications consultant for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta says that this is, “bad theology.” Bad theology? Bad theology is the belief that you can earn your way to heaven. Bad theology is what you usually see on church signs. “Don’t make me come down there! – God.” What does that even mean? Carrying a gun to church is not bad theology. It’s good practice.

It’s been said that a liberal is a conservative who hasn’t been mugged yet. With apologies to whoever came up with that one, a pastor in favor of not having guns in his church is just some guy who hasn’t yet had a strange man who looked like he hasn’t slept in 12 days walk up on the platform and take him by the arm to whisper weird stuff into his ear in the middle of the sermon.

I have had that happen to me before and I say, let us bring our guns to church, Governor Deal.

If the pastor and other leaders do not like the idea of guns on their property, that’s their decision. But they should be the ones to make that decision, not the politicians. They could even put up a sign.

This church is a gun-free zone.

But before you put up that sign, pastor, you should know that bad guys who go into public places to do bad things with guns, aren’t very good at reading. When they come up on a gun-free zone sign, here’s what they see.

Please feel free to take all of our money and shoot us. Don’t worry, we can’t stop you. This is a gun-free zone, remember? But whatever you do, leave our old hymnals alone.

Some pastors worry about this bill because they’re not too sure about some of the people in their congregation having guns. Understandable. I’ve visited churches before where I had my doubts about a person’s ability to successfully manage the offering plate, much less a gun. But again, that should be the pastor’s decision, not the Georgia General Assembly’s.

Thankfully, I don’t have to worry about what accidents may happen if the people I preach to each week are allowed to carry guns to church. Many of those people are current or former military or policemen. One of them, during his time in the military, guarded the president. Some are competition shooters. We even have a certified gun safety instructor.

Maybe I should figure out a way to put all of that on a sign in front of our church.

I don’t think that the bad guys would have a problem reading that one.

It’s the Auburn fans that I’m worried about.