Guns and Religion

I wrote this a year ago after the tragic school shooting in Newtown, CT. Since then, our nation has witnessed 23 mass shootings, some of which reignited the public debate over guns. This past week there was a shooting at Purdue University, pretty close to home for me. The rhetoric remains, so I humbly submit this again for your consideration.

Saved Together

(Originally posted on January 17, 2013)

To begin, I have to confess that this is a post I have been very reluctant to write and even more reluctant make public. In seminary we were taught an important lesson about expressing ones opinions on political or social issues too quickly. Its a lesson which has been reinforced and reiterated by wise counsel since then. The lesson? As a priest I need to avoid political arguments. It isn’t that I have to abandon all political convictions or leanings when I put on the cross of my calling, but I must check my need to express, opine, or preach anything other than the Gospel of Christ. As a pastor I have to be mindful that I must be present to minister to everyone – no matter what their political leanings. To bring politics to the pulpit is to immediately and unnecessarily alienate a percentage…

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