Protecting Liberty, Free Exercise, and Life

By Sonny Hernandez

Recently WND reported that a gunman opened fire in a congregation, resulting in two parishioners being killed. By the meticulous providence of God, armed professionals were in the assembly and the gunman was shot dead, ensuring that no one else would be harmed by the perpetrator. This tragic event should open the eyes of Americans on carrying guns, and death.

Americans should remain resilient about their right to bear arms, even in their places of worship. Liberals will disagree. That is—liberals who want to hypocritically take away the rights of Americans to bear arms—while they simultaneously have armed professionals protecting them.

Anyone that has watched the political debates should know that “gun control” is a hot topic for both conservatives and liberals. Conservatives care because they have a constitutional right to bear arms and they believe governments were created to protect American rights, whereas liberals and popular bastions of the socialist movement believe the government has the right to control ours. Put another way, the former affirms “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” as stated in the Declaration of Independence, while the latter believes in lies, suppression, and the pursuit of hypocrisy.

But for those who have stood amidst the gun control debate and are wrestling with the idea of carrying a firearm to church or not, here are some important points to consider:

Having a gun in church is not mandated, but it is essential. In the wake of the Texas shooting, how many people would have died if the congregation did not have armed professionals in attendance? It can easily be deduced that many would have died or could have been seriously wounded if certain men, armed with guns, were not in attendance.

Of course, no one is arguing that every Christian should carry a gun to church. It would not be unconventional to hear about a professing Christian who did not own guns or felt uncomfortable handling them. But for those who are trained, licensed to carry, and most importantly, willing to bring their firearm to church, then a plan should be voted on and implemented to ensure the safety of all attendees.

Please be mindful that, in no way am I arguing that Christians should repay evil for evil, or to seek vengeance on men that seek to take the lives of others. Absolutely not! Christians should expect persecution for their faith, but they must also love and forgive their enemies and pray for their souls. However, I am simply pointing out that Christians have the right to bear arms and no liberal has the right to take that inviolable right away; Christians should protect their families and friends from not only false prophets, but also from armed gunman that may enter their church.

The most important point to take away from the Texas shooting is that death is inevitable. Everyone has an appointed day to die. According to the author of Hebrews, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (vs. 27). Since no human being knows the date they will die, here is an important interrogative that must be answered: if you died tomorrow, where would you go? Your only hope is Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ died for his elect and he infallibly secured their salvation. Do you trust in the righteousness of Christ? Lord have mercy on us all.


Dr. Sonny Hernandez is the Director for Reforming America Ministries. He earned a Doctorate from Tennessee Temple University, and is active in public debates on theological topics, and the Constitution.

The opinions expressed here are solely his and do not necessarily represent the views of any government, military, or religious organization. Sonny Hernandez wrote this article as a civilian on his own time on an issue of public interest.