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Are The MAGA Church Members God’s Warriors?

Posted on  by Michael – Editor

      In the Bible, God’s people had weapons with them as they traveled to the Promised Land, and these weapons protected them from any enemy that tried to harm them along the way. The people also used their weapons to settle other lands after they arrived in the Promised Land, and this helped them grow into a prosperous nation that took care of its people and honored God as their King.

     There are concerns that, although rare, these people could potentially cause harm to others in their community. After all, what happened when Jared Loughner opened fire at a supermarket parking lot, killing six and injuring nineteen others in Tucson in 2011. Many argue that while it’s illegal to bring firearms into public places—even if concealed—it isn’t uncommon for guns to be present in churches across America.

     However, I do not think there should be any exceptions. If weapons are banned from government buildings, they should also be banned from schools and churches unless permission has been granted by church officials or school administrators. People have tried to use so-called religious freedom as an excuse to ignore laws banning guns in public places; however, there has been no mention of bringing them into God’s house until now. Still, gun rights activists insist they should continue carrying their weapons inside religious institutions because it would violate their rights under the Constitution. Should we allow these patriots (or gun nuts) to carry weapons even though no one else can? That is really my question: Is that fair?

     One of President Trump’s earliest and most vocal constituents was evangelical Christians. Many of these followers call themselves Make America Great Again (MAGA) Christians. While their fiery support for Trump has sparked a lot of discussions, one question keeps coming up: Why do so many Christian voters back an immoral person like Donald Trump? Do they really believe Trump is a man sent by God to save America—or are they just saying that to justify their political beliefs? It can be hard to tell. Then again, how can someone really tell if someone is really a Christian and not just saying so? There isn’t a way to that’s my point here.

     After Columbine, many churches enacted gun-free zones to prevent anything similar from happening on their property. However, times have changed. If you’re afraid of being attacked by other worshipers who believe your beliefs are heretical or just plain wrong, should you be allowed to protect yourself by bringing a weapon into church with you? For many people—especially Second Amendment advocates—the answer is an emphatic yes.

Will the Democrats use this as their new way to try and end the Second amendment?

Just as was true 2,000 years ago, we shouldn’t look to today’s Christendom for guidance. It is highly unlikely that Jesus would call his followers to take up arms and try to kill those who disagree with him. After all, he said: You have heard it said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’

But I tell you not to resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also (Matthew 5:38-39).

If anything, Jesus teaches us to be peaceful when attacked—not like President Trump’s NRA-backed politicians. In fact, Jesus goes so far as telling us if someone wants our shirt off our back we should give them our coat too (Matthew 5:40)!

This appears very different from what Trump and his supporters are doing by wielding weapons in church buildings against those they perceive as their enemies.

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