I have a friend who recently moved to an island in the South Pacific to be a Christian missionary. When he’s not busy proselytizing Jesus to the heathen natives, he uses the Internet to push the Second Amendment on the unenlightened back in the USA. He belligerently promotes the NRA recommendation to have armed personnel in every school in the country and constantly writes disparaging items about liberals and gun control advocates. To be fair, he’s not the only conservative Christian who engages in such activities. One guy wrote that Christians should carry guns because Jesus’ disciples carried swords (conveniently overlooking the fact that Jesus reprimanded Peter when he actually used a sword to wound someone (after which he allegedly healed the wound)). That post mysteriously disappeared after the deacon commented that the same rationale could be applied to public nudity, since King David reportedly celebrated a military victory by dancing nude in the streets (behavior for which one of his several wives rebuked him). All of this fundogelical verbosity on behalf of gun rights prompts me to wonder: what would Jesus carry? Confining the discussion to firearms (we’ll leave nuclear, chemical, biological and other such possibilities out of the mix for now), what do you think Jesus’ firearm of choice would be? Explain your answer in a comment.
- – the chaplain