Thursday, 6 March 2014

Outreach to rednecks

I wonder what we do have to understand under "rednecks"?

Chuck McAlister to me seems to have weird ideas about Christian behaviour and how to lure the nonreligious into the fold.
There is a huge interest among unchurched men in the state of Kentucky regarding guns and gun rights that is even more of a draw than a toaster or money would be.
The Kentucky Baptist Convention wants to “point people to Christ” by giving away guns at Second Amendment Celebrations hosted across the state.

Chuck McAlister, an ex-pastor, master storyteller and former Outdoor Channel hunting show host who presides at the events as the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s team leader for evangelism, said 1,678 men made “professions of faith” at about 50 such events last year, most of them in Kentucky.

In Louisville, he said, more than 500 people showed up on a snowy January day for a gun giveaway at Highview Baptist Church, and 61 made decisions to seek salvation.
McAlister’s boss, Paul Chitwood, the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s executive director, said such results speak for themselves. “It’s been very effective,” he said in an interview.

It is good to know that by those Americans some other clergy question what guns and gun rights have to do with with sharing the Gospel. People should come to understand the Gospel of the Good News has everything to do with Peace and not with peace brought under the eye of a gun.

Rev. Joe Phelps, pastor of Louisville’s independent Highland Baptist Church says:
“How ironic to use guns to lure men in to hear a message about Jesus, who said, ‘Put away the sword.’ ”
Jesus was against any form of violence and against weapons. Those who attacked him he approached in love and even healed them who attached him and his followers.

In case you have to arm yourself against your neighbours, you should wonder if nothing is wrong in the relationship with your neighbours. They also should consider when nobody can buy weapons, there would not be to be feared that somebody would put a gun against you.

Nancy Jo Kemper, pastor of New Union Church in Versailles and the former director of the Kentucky Council of Churches, said:
 “Churches should not be encouraging people in their communities to arm themselves against their neighbors, but to love their neighbors, as instructed by Jesus.”
“Second Amendment Celebrations” in church make a “travesty” of that message,
she said, adding,
 “How terrible it would be if one of those guns given away at a church were to cause the death of an innocent victim.”


Find the article: Kentucky Churches Giving Away Guns To Help People Discover Jesus – Christianity


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