"because there are some crazy people out there and the pastor wants his congregation to feel safe."
Are you FREAKIN' kidding me? FEELING UNSAFE... IN A CHURCH???
ok, wait, hold up...
I will be the first to say, I am not a big fan of organized religion. Haven't been for a while now. THIS mentality is part of the reason I'm not a fan. If you are afraid to step inside of a church building because someone might show up to kill you, why do you bother getting out of the bed Sunday Morning?
I did a Google Search on the topic, just to make sure this wasn't some sort of isolated insanity, and girls and boys, its not isolated.
I went on a tear with the person that told me this little story about the big megachurch preachers and their sense of safety. I reminded this "christian" that if one has faith in God as the omnipotent, omnipresent creator of the universe and everything in it (in other words, God already knows what's gonna happen to you in your life, so why try to manipulate that), then what EXACTLY are you afraid of, inside a church?
People don't believe me when I say I sometimes lose myself in my passion for what I know is God's Word. Its ok, I know I am a vessel and that sometimes I say things that really aren't my words, but the words of God being spoken through me. So, when I began to "spill" all over this person, I didn't feel bad about them deciding I was nuts.
"You do realize that God put you here and that He will be the one to take you away from here right? You do realize that you haven't an ounce of control over that AND that it really shouldn't be the focus of your daily existence, right? You do understand that ALL things happen because God chooses for them to happen, so, if some "nut" comes into a church and shoots the place up, and you end up being one of the dead people, its because that's the way God wanted it, right?"
"Ok, so, again, why are there REALLY metal detectors and pistols inside the "house of God"?(it made me a little ill to ask question, I had to stop and get a drink of water.)
Ladies and gentlemen, as the biblebeaters are happy to tell you, God don't like ugly. Perhaps people who say that, should actually consider what that means. The church has become this boil, this cancer, this diseased monster that acts as the unstable foundation on which everything we've decided is sacred, rests. (the sacredness of stuff is another topic for another day.) So much energy is invested in the "presentation" of religious fervor that the content of spiritual faith is almost nonexistent. Does anyone hear the still small voice anymore? If they do, do they understand what it means to heed it?
Who EXACTLY are you protecting when you have metal detectors and pistols inside the church? Why? What is so special about that/those people that all of this is necessary? Where is your faith? What do you truly believe to be God's Will for you and how are you playing that out when you think its ok for there to be metal detectors in a church? What the hell are you thinking to actually believe its OK to have/need security inside a house of God? If you think its necessary, doesn't it occur to anyone that maybe, just MAYBE the problem isn't OUTSIDE the doors of the sanctuary, but INSIDE? HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
I love God. I KNOW Jesus Christ, His Son, is my Lord and Savior. I know Jesus taught me that there is nothing to fear but the wrath of God when I've done wrong. I feel safe in my belief that one day, I will complete the task set out for me on this Earth, and God will come and take me away from this looney bin. i look forward to that day. In the meantime, I make it clear to people who are PLAYING with God that there is no reason to be afraid inside the one place on the planet that is SUPPOSED to be a safe haven. I make it clear that if they actually believe the noise coming out of their mouths concerning faith and God being good and a fence around them and the one who protects them, WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY DOING IN A CHURCH THAT OBVIOUSLY DOESN'T BELIEVE THAT????
Wait, what am I ranting about? Hell, these are the same places that have ATMs in the foyer and do credit checks on members so they can make sure the tithes are right. (blank stare)
Forgive me, I lost my mind there for a second. I'm ok now.
One last thing...
I am reminded of the story that was going around a few years ago about the hooded men that showed up in a packed sanctuary one Sunday morning with guns and began shooting bullets into the ceiling and the majority of the congregation ran for their lives. When the dust cleared, they removed their hoods, smiled at the few remaining, praying parishioners, turned to the pastor and said, "now you can start service, the fakers are gone".
Maybe there should be more of that. Just saying....