Outreach Magazine editor-in-chief Ed Stetzer recently asked his 260,000 Twitter followers to share if their church has a security team and whether those teams carry weapons.
Amid multiple mass shootings in America this year, including those inside churches, Stetzer’s question ignited emotional responses from some, and a number of responders openly shared the reasons why congregants and pastors are armed in their worship services.
One commenter, who is not a resident of the United States, explained that Stetzer’s question sounded truly bizarre to him, saying, “I’m visiting the US for the first time in my life. And will attend church next Sunday. This question sounds like something from a parallel universe. There are societies where only police forces are allowed to carry guns. People feel safe and no security in church is needed.”
“If you need weapons, your faith in Jesus is nonexistent. Take that however you like,” another said.