Recently Pastor Jarrid Wilson contributed an article to The Blaze internet news site. His article entitled “I’m not scared of guns, I am scared of people who value guns more than people” is very problematic to say the least. As Christians and even especially as pastors we need to be careful and very thoughtful of how we respond to such tragedies. We also need to make sure our responses are an accurate representation of others we are criticizing.
Before I go any further let me say that I was filled with sorrow over the news of the targeting and killing of Christians in Oregon. Such tragedies are so unnecessary and my prayers are with all the victims and families.
Pastor Wilson made an unnecessary accusation against people, of whom he does not personally know, when he suggested that “But while most individuals wouldn’t personally admit their love for guns over that of a human life, one’s initial reaction towards the sickening event of a mass murder says a lot.” The gist here is anyone caught speaking out about the right to own guns within some arbitrary time frame apparently set by Pastor Wilson is guilty of loving guns more than people. Such accusation and or suggestions are completely irresponsible for the following reasons:
- Pastor Wilson does not know everyone who spoke out about owning guns following Oregon shooting.
- It is neither just, Christian, nor biblical to assign motives to people in the way Pastor Wilson has.
- Pastor Wilson left out information related to why people felt the need to talk about gun ownership following the Oregon shooting.
The fact is the President of the United States came out and began to call for more gun control as did many news sources. The president made a public statement that he needed to “publicize” the deaths in order to further his gun confiscating agenda. People felt the need to validate their gun ownership because our national government at the absolute highest level felt the need to try to convince people to give up their rights with regards to guns. When Pastor Wilson left out that part of the equation he intentionally misrepresented people who support gun ownership and then leveled a false accusation against them. The truth is it is unknowable that those people care more for guns than people.
As a Pastor Wilson has a responsibility to be less one sided and present both sides of the story. He also has a responsibility to not level false accusations and assign motives to people that he does not know personally. We need more from Pastors and we are held to a much higher standard of public discourse. Pastor Wilson needs to publicly apologize for his false accusations and misrepresentations of others. That behavior is not the behavior of a Pastor much less a Christian.
Below is a link to the article of which I write: