From American Vision:
Imagine the following scenario: At church this Sunday, while reviewing the list of announcements and upcoming events for your church, your pastor adds, “Oh, and don’t forget: on Sundays we have our regular target practice. Make sure to bring your guns. Make sure to bring your pieces to church.”
Absurd, right? Not so. It used to be the American way. For example, a 1631 law in Virginia required citizens to own firearms, to engage in practice with them, and to do so publicly on holy days. It demanded that the people “bring their pieces to the church.” Somewhere along the line we have lost this mindset. Today the ideas of church and arms are assumed to be at odds, as if loving your neighbor has nothing to do with the preservation and defense of life and property.
This would be an exceedingly wise policy for all churches to follow, black and white alike.
Looking at the same issue from another perspective, Gary North argues for the warrior mentality here. We are responsible for our own safety, and this responsibility cannot be sanely delegated to the State, which is only interested in protecting its own power.
The desire for an unarmed populace is the desire for an unaccountable State. Such a lawless thing is central to secular culture, but has no place in Christian societies.