It takes a special kind of parent and a special kind of Christian to want to send a child to a school where the teachers carry firearms.
Christian parents may get the chance to show how (.38) special they are by sending their kids to Mitchell Christian School, which is considering taking advantage of South Dakota's hysterical new school gunslinger law:
Mitchell Christian Superintendent Joseph Fox says he and some members of the school board support the idea of having guns in the school to protect students from intruders.
Mitchell Christian is the only one considering placing so-called sentinels inside its school ["Mitchell Christian School Considers Armed Staff," AP via KELO-TV, 2013.08.25].
I could annoy Reverend Joseph Fox with the empirical evidence that shows South Dakota has had two school shootings in its entire history (Delmont 1961, Britton 2013), neither of which would have been stopped by having teachers carrying guns. But I suspect that darned
So let's put the reverend superintendent's foolhardy willingness to needlessly increase his school's insurance premiums and the chances that his students and staff will be injured or killed by firearms, into Biblical perspective. Let's review Reverend Fox's favorite Bible verses:
Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
- Trust in the Lord, not guns.
- He will make your paths straight, not your aim.
Philippians 4:13: I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
- The Lord gives you strength. A gun on your hip does not.
1 Corinthians 10:13: No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
- Fear and machismo are powerful temptations. Faith in a loving god and commitment to rational, peaceful responses are more appropriate Christian responses to such temptation than dressing up like a gladiator.
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition—if I were a Christian, that's not the slogan I'd want a private Christian school teaching my kids. I don't think it's the message Jesus would recommend, either.