The state of Kentucky is no stranger to controversy.
But when something like the founding document of our nation, the second amendment, and gun ownership is considered contentious, something is not quite right.
Put those things together with Jesus and you have a literal liberal head explosion. A powder-keg ready to blow for trendy mainstream media pundits the nation over.
There’s nothing new about gun raffles in Kentucky, even at a church. Last year, there were 50 events in the state. The Kentucky Baptist Convention says it’s a great way to bring people to the church.
This year the jumping off point was at Lone Oak First Baptist Church in Paducah, Ky where on March, 6 there was a delicious streak dinner accompanied by a raffle. Twenty-five hand guns, long guns and shotguns were up for grabs.
These “Second Amendment Celebrations” feature Chuck McAlister, 60, a former pastor, storyteller and an ex-Outdoor Channel hunting show host.
McAlister serves as the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s evangelistic leader. He said that 1,678 men became Christians at the 50 “Second Amendment Celebrations” last year, according to the Courier-Journal.
“There’s no government on the face of this earth that has the right to take this gun from me,” he says to thunderous applause.
In an interview, McAlister says he’s just meeting people where they are.
“If simply offering them an opportunity to win a gun allows them to come into the doors of the church and to hear that the church has a message that’s relevant to their lives, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that,” he says.
Paul Chitwood, executive director Kentucky Baptist Convention, said these events, referred to as “outreach to rednecks,” have “been very effective.
And why shouldn’t there be? God and Guns are what the great American Nation was founded on.
Somewhere along the way during the 20th Century ‘Progressive’ Takeover a long march through the cultural institutions of the West occurred.
Believing in God, more specifically the Christian God Jesus is now routinely equated with being unintelligent, racist, Southern, and white.
Guns, once used as a means of personal protection against the tyranny of government, a tool to procure ones lively hood, and as a means of familial right of passage are now only synonymous with violence.
Enter the mainstream media.
Ever so quick to point out Biblical verses that support the gun control agenda, the media diatribe on this news item has been geared toward ridiculing and misrepresenting the Christian Religion while at the same time claiming the moral high ground by exclaiming that Christian Conservatives can’t adhere to their Religion of Peace while being gun owners.
In a piece by the Daily Kos entitled What Would Jesus Shoot?, the author makes sure to point out Matthew 26:52 which says:
“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.”
Blake Farmer whos NPR piece on the subject aired during this mornings episode of “Morning Edition,” laments that “Jesus said to turn the other cheek,” asserting that it is somehow against the tenants of Christian Dogma to take up for ones self when attacked by others.
Tom Jackson, an attendee at Lone Oak who’s not a particularly regular churchgoer counters by saying “You can turn the other cheek, only to a point.”
“If somebody kicks your door down, means to hurt your wife, your kids, you; how do you turn the other cheek to that?” Jackson asks.
This seems to be one of the main things gun-control advocates can’t wrap their minds around. The refusal to submit to tyrants. Either local criminals or federal dictators.
In today’s trendy metro-sexual world, it is more acceptable to just lay down and cower to those who would mean to do you harm with shuffled feet and brow-beaten monosyllabic annunciation.
Here at Appalachian Area News, we do not support any particular religion (or political ideologies for that matter) over another. We simply advocate liberty and freedom.
The left generally espouses more liberty concerning social issues, the right, concerning fiscal issues, though there are obviously many exceptions to the rule.
Ridiculing Christian Conservative gun owners while at the same time defending rocket launching Islamic terrorists is one of the many obvious double standards in media.
You would never hear a news headline from the mainstream media entitled, “What would Muhammad Shoot.” Right?
By framing the debate in a manner that attacks the validity of Christianity as a religion of Peace that gun owners couldn’t possibly be adhering to panders to two things Main Stream Media listeners hate: guns and church.
Its simply amusing that the pundits bleating that “Jesus wouldn’t approve” of gun ownership do not subscribe to orthodox Christianity anyway. So why do they care? Well, because it serves their agenda.
The establishment is scared to death of organized Christianity. Once used as a religion to control and manipulate the masses, it has since emerged as a system in the modern United States used to educate people about the evils of government while keeping in tone with its own theology.
The ruling elite of the world know that this is very dangerous for them and their agenda. Advancements in technology become the mark of the beast. Elected officials become antichrists, and daily events turn into fulfilled prophecies.
I am not saying any of these affirmations are incorrect, just that this type of faith is especially powerful While the establish has done all it can do to subvert and undermine the Christian religion, those actions just reinforce the religious resolve.
Destroying ‘Christian values’ is central to remaking the nation in the ‘progressive image’ many in media, government, etc. wish to see. This is why basically all of the ten planks of the Communist Manifesto have already been fulfilled and why ‘Romans 13′ is so heavily perpetuated in Mainstream Evangelical Christianity. A doctrine that government has the divine right to rule and that we must “render unto Caesar.”
Many Christians don’t understand that the majority of churches are actually Tax-Exempt 501(c)(3)s. Meaning that they must adhere to certain government edicts to keep to from paying taxes.
In many cases governments tell churches what they can or cannot preach. If they fail to adhere, their status is yanked. If your church is tax exempt, chances are you hear a whole lot of “obey the government,” Romans 13, “obey your masters” trash from the pulpit.
Who knows? Your pastor might even be a member of the Clergy Response Team, a FEMA program which trains Pastors and other religious representatives to become secret police enforcers who teach their congregations to “obey the government” in preparation of declarations of martial law, property and firearm seizures, and forced relocation during the event of a disaster.
There are literally thousands of members of this government cadre nationwide in over 1300 counties.
The truth is that the Christian religion is all about taking up for yourself, doing whats right, and not letting others push you around.
Did Moses bow down to Pharaoh? Did Daniel submit to the will of Darius and stop praying to God? Did Jesus keep silent when bankers and money manipulators turned the temple into a ‘den of thieves?’ NO! They did not!
“He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” —Luke 22:36, NIV
The establishment press knows that religious empowerment centered around individual liberty, personal freedom, and the constitution is growing and they are losing.
That’s why church gun raffles must be ridiculed by the opinion formers. As Lt. Col. Robert Bateman wrote today for ‘Esquire,’ “My bad. I thought that we had reached the limits of crazy. I was wrong.”
Yes its so crazy to promote your religion by giving people the ability to protect their families. Already, because of all of the negative press, the gun raffle idea is taking off across the county and will continue to grow.
The latest place is in Upstate New York where Grace Baptist Church is giving away a brand new AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.
Contributed By Asa Johnson
Editor, & Top Contributor of Appalachian Area News Network & Affiliates