I may not be a religious expert, but it seems to me that Jesus would not approve:
Ken Pagano, the pastor of the New Bethel Church here, is passionate about gun rights. He shoots regularly at the local firing range, and his sermon two weeks ago was on “God, Guns, Gospel and Geometry.” And on Saturday night, he is inviting his congregation of 150 and others to wear or carry their firearms into the sanctuary to “celebrate our rights as Americans!” as a promotional flier for the “open carry celebration” puts it.
Good lord. It never ceases to amaze how the most unChristian behavior gets co-opted and even celebrated by the Jesus freaks. I mean, what would Jesus have said about guns? Let's consult the original text, shall we?[Mat 26:51-52] And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear. And said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
There's also something in there about "Thou Shalt Not Kill" right? Although zealots would have you believe there is an asterisk there which reads "*But killing in self-defense isn't 'killing', so have at it, y'all. Yeeeee-hah!"
This made me laugh though:
Mr. Pagano said the church’s insurance company, which he would not identify, had canceled the church’s policy for the day on Saturday and told him that it would cancel the policy for good at the end of the year. If he cannot find insurance for Saturday, people will not be allowed in openly carrying their guns.
"The indiscriminate distribution of guns is an offense against God and humanity," he said. "Our gun-flooded society has turned weapons into idols, and the worship of idols must be recognized for what it is – blasphemy."