Pastor, We Have to Talk About Our Family

Texas Church Incident Shows How 2A Stops Mass Shooters
Texas Church Incident Shows How 2A Stops Mass Shooters

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- A murderer walked into a Texas church. That was neither the first time nor will it be the last time, that evil men and women want to kill our brothers and sisters at church. Unfortunately, the leaders of our religious bodies are reluctant to face the issue of church security. That is true in every faith I’ve examined. Your pastor, minister, priest or rabbi all face a common problem. We live in a time of religious competition where parishioners will go somewhere else if the pastor demands too much them. To understand their position, think of a pastor as a spiritual workout-coach.. and we are lazy parishioners. If the congregation is still sore at the pastor by Wednesday, then we won’t come back for more next week. That explains why so many pastors refuse to examine church security. Here is how we can help good men and women see the light.

Look at the problem from both sides of the pulpit. The congregation wants to ignore the problem of evil. Most of the congregation choose to be defenseless in public. Only a few of them bother to protect their family at home. Most of the congregation is immediately uncomfortable if you point out their vulnerability. They want to close their eyes and sing louder so they don’t have to address their responsibility to protect the congregation.

We see a similar situation with the pastor and the church governing board. Most of them are men and women of words, not actions. They talk about evil, but few of them wrestle with evil every day. In some congregations, they will lock the shed that holds the garden equipment but will leave the doors of the church open and unguarded when the congregation is inside. That says a lot about what they value.

We can’t blame them. Most pastors and church governing boards don’t know the questions to ask in order to think about church security.

  • People come with problems. Parishioners are preyed upon by both criminals and crazy people. Churches are attacked by their members and by people outside the congregation. There are no safe and sacred places; our churches are more dangerous than our schools.
  • The congregation is vulnerable everywhere. We see parishioners and staff victimized in the church parking lot, the daycare facility, the classrooms, kitchens, back offices, and in the chapel.

Protecting the flock at all times and places is a very demanding task. It is beyond the ability of most congregations. If we can’t protect them, then we should let the congregation protect themselves. That brings us to the meeting. Someone with a background in physical protection needs to speak up.

Those who choose to be defenseless in public usually advocate for being defenseless in church. They are in the majority and their point of view will win unless someone else speaks up. Fortunately, there are other points of view.

Each of us is a gift from God and each of us deserves protection. Each of us is also called upon to be a shepherd. We should protect ourselves, protect our family, and protect our neighbors from harm. Love is more than what you feel and what you say. Love is what you do.

We don’t tell God to stop the rain and give us heat and light. Instead, we build a church. God also gave us the will and the means to protect each other, and we should. If your congregation doesn’t love you and your family enough to protect them, then you need to find a congregation that puts their words into action.

Church security is largely unseen and therefore easily forgotten. You’ve probably been in churches that had an extensive security effort. You were busy listening to the sermon, so you didn’t notice.. and that is a good thing. Just because you don’t notice church security doesn’t mean it isn’t there and isn’t important.

Ask your pastor and church governing board a few simple questions. You deserve an answer.

Do we have a security plan? Are we protecting everyone on church property?

Our churches have a lot to do. We can’t blame them for not solving problems they don’t understand. Help starts with a simple question.


About Rob MorseSlow Facts

The original article with references is here. Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

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Tionico

Rob, your description of church structure or polity is, sadly, true across most of the country. I call it the “pastor as CEO model”. Most churches are organised around ONE MAN, “the pastor”, and ultimately he “calls the shots”. This is not the biblical model at all. Multiple co-equal elders, who come from within the congregation of the saints, is the bibical model. Your model is roughly equivalent to the mess our country have devloved into, one strong and visible head, everyhting flowing “downhill” from that head. That’s why we are even having the whole “gun control discussion” these days.… Read more »

jack mac
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jack mac

Historical research is not required to know that organized religion can be used to control and even oppress large numbers of people. To promote moral understanding is one thing, but to instill political motive is another. Teaching not to fear the there after, should not disregard the reality of the here now. There are just to many leaders, or whatever called spokespersons, of religion who consider guns has made only to kill, hence evil; as those possessing.

Oldvet
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Oldvet

If you live in Kansas You better be awake there is a law purposed that every gun owner will have to have all guns locked in a secure box of some sort . They are playing on sympathy for a nineteen month old who was killed . New Dem governor and so it starts .

jack mac
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jack mac

For a period of time it was once called Blooding Kansas. Apparently its new governor desires it be again.

Will
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Will

“TEXAS,like a whole other country”!

Will
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Will

Jack Wilson made an excellent shot in stopping that scum. A perfect and clean head shot! A couple days ago TEXAS Gov. Greg Abbott awarded Wilson the first ever TEXAS Medal of Courage Award. That makes me so proud!

Doszap
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Doszap

At my Church that I have been a member of for 30yrs, we have a UNKNOWN team, and many of us also carry unbeknownst to anyone but us.
Where the Churches and schools are making a huge mistake is NOT have a designated rifleman or several around the campus, as most MASS shooters use handguns.
BUT some use rifles.
Hand guns are NOT what I want facing an AK or AR Clone.

Will
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Will

An unknown team? If it’s unknown how would you know you even have a team?

hippybiker
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hippybiker

I ca; consistently hit a target at 50 to 75 feet with most of my handguns. I ca; sure hit a man sized target at same!

jack mac
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jack mac

Hippy: If one can shoot well with a handgun they most likely shoot better with a long gun.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

First things first. even a new convert knows that life is forever. The question is where you spend the rest of your life once you leave this one. People have a natural fear of the unknown but, in the case of Christians, you can’t scare us with heaven. That being said it is wrong not to defend life. The LORD gives everyone his gifts, that thing you are good at. If yours is firearms and/or defensive tactics then arm up. I believe that every Church member who is known for clear thinking, righteousness and ability should carry. Form a team… Read more »

Doszap
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Doszap

You nailed it almost at every turn(Great jobs Sir!!!!!!!!!),but you left out Defending the sheep against rifles,
Handguns as you know are just a way to fight to a rifle.Rifle defense must be included in a protection strategy.
That would cover all bases except for Snipers, and no one can protect against them, JUST react, but only if equipped with a long gun.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

Sorry, you are correct, I did not mention specific weapons nor tactics. It is a wise idea to have a rifle (semi auto or lever) and shotgun (either semi auto or pump) available. Sidearms, by nature, are utilitarian. If you EXPECT trouble — wear a rifle and call the cavalry. At the Church I am a member of, the teams are aware of possible sniper locations, even the possibility of drive by shootings with or without explosives. We check for planted devices inside and outside and we do have access to rifles. All part of normal training. If you have… Read more »

jack mac
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jack mac

DB: Be cautious of asking such help from public servants. Many do not want those who they are to serve to have the means or audacity to defend.