Would Jesus carry a gun?

jesus-with-gun

“PROUD to support our friend @VoteMarsha for US Senate representing Tennessee. Marsha Blackburn is a rock-ribbed conservative who has been a champion of President Trump’s pro-jobs, pro-military, AMERICA FIRST agenda & will be critical ally in the Senate. She has our full support” – Mike Pence tweet 

If any of you were wondering, like I was, what “rock-ribbed” meant here you go; resolute or uncompromising, especially with respect to political allegiance. Marsha Blackburn is the Republican candidate for a Senate seat in Tennessee, a very red state, and she is “rock-ribbed” for Trump. On her website she states that she will;

  • Continue to fight to repeal Obamacare.
  • Fight to protect the unborn. Marsha is 100% pro-life.
  • Fight to protect our Second Amendment rights. Marsha is a gun owner with a concealed carry permit for the Lady Smith she packs in her purse.
  • Fight to cut wasteful spending. Marsha believes our government takes too much and spends too much.
  • Fight to bring significant tax relief to hard-working Tennesseans.
  • Support President Trump’s immigration ban and work with him to build the wall.

Her twitter feed is filled with pictures of her dressed in red posing with lots of other white people and bible verse memes.

In Arizona, there is Congressional race going on and the Republican candidate is also a woman who likes to wear red. Debbie Lesko list her issues as;

  • National Security
  • Border Security
  • Education
  • Taxes and Regulations
  • National Debt
  • Pro-Life and Pro-Family
  • Second Amendment

Ms. Lesko is also “rock-ribbed” for Trump and like Ms. Blackburn, her twitter feed is filled with pictures of her dressed in red posing with lots of other white people, in her case mostly old white people, but no bible verse memes. I guess Ms. Lesko isn’t as religious as Ms. Blackburn.

Maybe you haven’t noticed but under Trump and Pence the Republican party seems to have gotten whiter, more Christian (is that a thing), more gun loving, more tax averse, more Pro-life (I guess you really can’t be more Pro-life) and really like wearing the color red. But what concerns me the most about these “rock-ribbed” Republicans for Trump is their association of guns to faith.

There is a person on Twitter that uses this as their avatar image;

Gun Bible

This individual likes to comment on Trump tweets with retorts like; “Thankful God is always n control & 4 all the millions of prayers that helped get a Christian VP & great POTUS n office & a Christian SCJ 4 life we need 1 or 2 more by 2024. Thankful 4 a VP with his morals & faith & knows homosexuality is sin & abortion is murder & sin by God’s word.” Kind of weird and scary isn’t it?

This Twitter person describes themselves as a; “Christian Baptist Conservative, pro-life Pro-gun NRA God 1st. His son born by a virgin Jesus Christ gave his life on cross 4 all & lives now & Bible’s true & real”. I don’t really know a lot about Twitter but apparently punctuation and grammar are optional.

It seems like guns are now being viewed as the new symbol of Christianity right along side of the cross and the Bible. When did this happen? When did the Second Amendment become the 11th commandment on Moses tablet? In my mind, a gun on top of a Bible is like seeing an image of Jesus Christ in a Klu Klux Klan robe. Not only would it be sacrilegious but it would also be counterintuitive to everything I have been taught and believe about the Christian faith.

If you are a real Christian, your Bible includes a gun. Jesus holding a soft, white lamb is for us pansy Christians. The new Jesus, the Trump Jesus cradles an AR-15. There is no more soft glow around his head, the new Jesus is a bad ass with sweat and muscles, kind of like Rambo, kicking ass and protecting our God-given Second Amendment rights. Is that where we are today?

I thought the Evangelicals undying devotion to Trump was the worst thing that could happen to Christianity. It appears I was wrong.

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I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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14 Responses to Would Jesus carry a gun?

  1. Nan says:

    HA! LOVE the verbal image presented in your paragraph that begins … “If you are a real Christian, your Bible includes a gun.”

    Unfortunately, as you’ve clearly put forth, THIS is the “New Christian.” *shudder*

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  2. That avatar is the most disturbing, sickening, horrifying image I’ve ever seen. To put a gun on a Bible is to make a complete mockery of everything that book stands for. It’s disrespectful beyond comprehension. Nowhere did Jesus say, “Blessed are the armed.”

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  3. Scottie says:

    I did not grow up with any real religious training. I had a boyhood friend who with his family was very religious. He was a bit smaller than I was, and had a much gentler upbringing. We were maybe new teenagers and were playing tennis on the local courts when another boy took issue with my friend. He knew my friend wouldn’t defend himself and so pushed him around and made fun of him. He forgot about me. I took him out. I was angry and violent, and I did not stop until he was down and a crying mess. My friend was angry. At me. He tore into me pushing me away from the other boy. I was confused. I had done a good thing, defend him. He kept shouting at me his god was big enough to protect him, he didn’t need me to do it. A bunch of stuff like that. He then went and took care of the kid who had been so mean to him, the one I had hurt. I couldn’t understand it. After we grew up my friend became a Pastor in the SDA church. I never understood him on religion. But he really thought he was protected by his deity of choice and he was willing to put it to test. Hugs

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  4. Patty says:

    This is indeed scary 😦

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  5. Amarantha Anastasiou says:

    I used to be an Evangelical Christian, but I abandoned Evangelicalism because it has been hijacked and commandeered by right-wing political extremists who have discovered that fundamentalist religion is an ideal vehicle through which to prosecute their perverse agenda. Like you, I couldn’t stomach any more of their obscene images of guns, flags, bibles, and symbols of military power. I must admit that I sometimes miss my former faith, but I will never return to it as long as it remains wedded to American nationalism.

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