Barack Obama in 2008:
“They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
Paduca, Kentucky, in 2014:
In an effort its spokesman has described as “outreach to rednecks,” the Kentucky Baptist Convention is leading “Second Amendment Celebrations,” where churches around the state give away guns as door prizes to lure in nonbelievers in hopes of converting them to Christ.
As many as 1,000 people are expected at the next one, on Thursday at Lone Oak Baptist Church in Paducah, where they will be given a free steak dinner and the chance to win one of 25 handguns, long guns and shotguns.
The goal is to “point people to Christ,” the church says in a flier. Chuck McAlister, an ex-pastor, master storyteller and former Outdoor Channel hunting show host who presides at the events as the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s team leader for evangelism, said 1,678 men made “professions of faith” at about 50 such events last year, most of them in Kentucky.
My wife read the above news story to me from the Courier-Journal on Sunday as I sat on the couch in our living room in Louisville. I thought she was kidding. I mean, what kind of sick mind could come up with Jesus and guns in the same coherent thought?
OK, I was mistaken. Jesus and guns are perfectly normal. As He said in Matthew 5:9
“Blessed are the peacemakers.”
How was I to know he was talking about this?