A Louisville, KY pastor is encouraging his congregation to bring fire arms to church on June 27th, in celebration of the 4th of July and the second amendment. This is the sort of thing that transforms simple patriotism into Americanism, the idolatry of preference of some of those who would call themselvves conservatives. Look, I’m in favor of keeping and bearing arms, and I firmly believe in the right to use lethal force to protect loved ones and property. But this is taking it too far. Since when did weapons have a place in worship services? It doesn’t matter if the guns will be unloaded. If they’re going to go to all this trouble, why not just put some of them on the altar and start bowing to them. Maybe even offeer sacrifices and such. They’re already half way there.

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