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Jesus And Mississippi Legislature Disagree About Killing People At Church

Jesus: “You have heard that it has been said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth,’ but I say unto you that you not resist evil, but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

The Mississippi legislature: “Killing a person while acting as a participant of a church or place of worship security team is justifiable homicide”.

House Bill 786 was passed by the Mississippi Senate yesterday. It was previously passed by the Mississippi House of Representatives, and so is now on its way to the Governor’s desk for final approval as the law of the state.

The law allows members of church security teams to carry guns and kill people that they believe to be committing “any felony”, not just assault or murder. Suspicion of stealing someone’s purse would authorize appointed church killers to take aim and fire their guns.

On some matters, however, Mississippi state legislators insisted on being very strict. Mississippi House Bill 786 demands that people applying to join church killing squads must reveal their racial identities.

Also, nothing in Mississippi House Bill 786 makes it crystal clear that nothing in the legislation should be construed as requiring gun registration or the sharing of gun serial numbers with any authority. Gun registration and the sharing of gun serial numbers, after all, would be morally wrong.

Curiously, the legislation also allows any member of church killing squads to defend themselves in court against charges of murder through the assertion that he or she “was not a tramp, or was setting out on a journey and was not a tramp” or that he or she was playing sports at the time of a church-sponsored killing.

5 thoughts on “Jesus And Mississippi Legislature Disagree About Killing People At Church”

  1. ella says:

    “My son Ted and his family spent six months in prayer seeking God’s will for this decision. But the day the final green light came on, the whole family was together. It was a Sunday. We were all at his church, First Baptist Church in Houston, including his senior staff. After the church service, we all gathered at the pastor’s office. We were on our knees for two hours seeking God’s will. At the end of that time, a word came through his wife, Heidi. And the word came, just saying, “Seek God’s face, not God’s hand.” And I’ll tell you, it was as if there was a cloud of the holy spirit filling that place. Some of us were weeping, and Ted just looked up and said, “Lord, here am I, use me. I surrender to you, whatever you want.” And he felt that was a green light to move forward.”
    “…”Seek God’s face, not God’s hand.” ” I single this out because this is where it all went wrong. If this was the message to Heidi Cruz from God, then she needs to do some soul searching and so does Ted Cruz. Biblicaly speaking, to see the “Face of God”, a person/spirit must be “Pure of Heart. ” If Ted Cruz’s father did not tell Ted that he did his son a disservice. That the apparent majority of “Christians” do not, it would seem, know that, illustrates the state of Christianity in America. That they do not know that it is anti-Christ to employ the tactics that Ted Cruz has in this apparent contest to divide the Republican Party and Tea Party, is appalling. And yes, sending out flyer telling people they will be arrested if they don’t vote for you, telling them their neighbors will turn them in to law if they don’t, is anti-Christ. That is covered in “…and they will deliver you up…”. Then it progresses. Of course that does not overly concern a good many people today, but it should those who call themselves “followers” or “believers”.

  2. Dave says:

    J, would you have a problem with a church security team shooting down Dylan Roof before he could kill all nine churchgoers?
    Apparently so. Turn the other cheek? How did you come to be the arbiter of whether Christians are doing things according to their own book, or how did you ascend to the seat of judgement on these matters?

    This is a common error among those who tend Leftwards in their philosophy and politics. Using the Saul Alinsky tactic of holding an opponent to his own high standards no matter how ridiculous you sound says more about you than it does your opponent. One can only conclude that you do not think churches or church events should have effective security.

    1. J Clifford says:

      Dave, you’ll notice that I didn’t take a particular position here in the article.

      I didn’t come to be the arbiter of whether the Christians are doing things according to their own book. Their own book does quite a good job at that.

      I haven’t ascended to any seat. There’s no particular seat needed to perceive the plain fact that Christians SAY that their religion stands for one thing, and then DO things completely to the contrary of that standard.

      I didn’t declare a judgment upon Christians for failing to uphold their moral laws. Their own religion does that.

      I’m not holding anyone to any standards.

      Christians have declared their own standards, and declared that those are the standards that everyone, Christian or not, must be held to, like it or not.

      I don’t know why you’re putting responsibility for that onto me, Dave, or what Saul Alinsky has to do with Christians in Mississippi set up killing squads beyond the rule of law in their churches.

    2. steve says:

      Self defense is an inherent right of all free people. It doesn’t require special privileges granted to you by a government. This bill reaks.

      1. TheGodless says:

        So, teachers, school kids, doctors, strippers, and everyone other person in public has a right to defense, right? On closer examination, one can easily see that this is just another unconstitutional privilege hoisted upon right wing Christians by pandering politicians.

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