Seriously, could you imagine a gunman coming into your place of worship and unloading round after round across the helpless congregation? The recent church shootings in Charleston, SC have ignited fierce debates across America regarding hate crimes and the security of one of the most open and welcoming American institutions – churches, leaving church leaders to pick up the pieces of church security.
Taking a reactive approach, Bishop Ira Combs at the Greater Bible Way Temple reassured his flock by positioning an armed man on each side of his pulpit while other members of the church’s security team were scattered among the crowd. People in attendance didn’t know who was armed and who was not, supporting the church’s undercover approach to security.
Pastor Theron Wiggins of Flint, Michigan and former police detective along with his congregants are trying to change the mindset. Wiggins claims that his flock believes angels will protect them and as he so elegantly put it, “Well, I’m one of the angels.” Leads me to believe good ol’ Pastor Wiggins is packin’ on Sunday mornings!
Greater Grace Temple of Detroit, MI has a trained, armed 25-man security force called “The Ministers of Defense.” Most of them have law enforcement backgrounds and are stationed conspicuously on stage while others blend in with the crowd.
Do you think having guns in church is a good way to provide safety to all?
Do you support what these pastors are doing in their churches?
What are some ways churches can practice proactive instead of reactive security?
As always, I look forward to your reactions, comments and opinions. Let’s talk!