Just when you think churches cannot get more absurd

March 10, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

Good morning:

The Lone Oak First Baptist Church in Paducah, KY held a raffle this past weekend and you probably will never guess what they gave away unless I tell you.

Believe it or not, the answer is guns. 25 guns.

KCRU Radio, the local NPR affiliate at Southeast Missouri State University reports:

It’s an hour before suppertime, and the line outside Lone Oak First Baptist Church in Paducah, Ky., is wrapped around the building. The people are waiting for more than a Bible sermon; there’s a raffle tonight. Twenty-five guns are up for grabs.

There’s nothing new about gun raffles in Kentucky, even at a church. Last year, there were 50 events like this one in the state. The Kentucky Baptist Convention says it’s a surefire way to get new people through church doors.

Sunday school teacher David Keele says everyone who knows has a gun. The church giveaways, he says, are a rallying point.

“We’re doing two things here. One, we’re going to talk about the Second Amendment to bear arms. But that isn’t the primary thing,” Keele says. “The primary thing is who Jesus is.”

Inside during the steak dinner, the church band ditched the hymnal for the evening and played “Mustang Sally” instead. These are not worship services. They’re meant to be unintimidating to non-believers, although it turns out most of the people here already go to church, if not this one.

I cannot imagine Jesus tolerating a gun raffle in a house of worship.

He was offended by the presence of the money changers in the temple at Passover and threw them out into the street. If he were alive today, I think he would have destroyed the guns and excoriated the clergy for hosting this event.

Just when you think churches cannot get more absurd, they do something like this.

A steak and potato dinner preceded the raffle. 1300 people attended the event.


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