File under: Parishioners packing heat.
A church in Alabama has opened a gun range. Right behind the church.
According to the pastor,
“We had quite a number of church members, some elderly ladies, for example, and some not so elderly women that had purchased guns, but didn’t know how to use them,” Guin told WIAT-TV.
He said the safety classes evolved into a ministry, the Rocky Mount Hunt and Gun Club.
“This is an opportunity for us to reach out in the name of Jesus Christ in a setting that is completely unique. Even odd by some people’s standards. But who’s to say that church can’t happen right here,” Guin said…..
“Really, the whole purpose of this range is to provide recreational and gun safety in a warm, loving, Christian environment,” Guin said. “We wanted to come up with some different ideas to help our church grow, and we thought this would be a unique ministry to offer to the community.”
Evidently, in Alabama, the way to grow a congregation is to offer a “gun ministry.” The NRA will be so proud….
(It’s probably unfair, but when I read this, I immediately recalled an old Second City comedy routine from Cold War days, in which the repeated exhortation was to “kill a Commie for Christ.”)
I don’t pretend to understand the theology involved, but I’m worried that I do understand the marketing approach….