Jesus and His Followers “Go Macho”
Under the “I Am Not Making This Up” Department:
Evidently a Florida gun manufacturer is making an assault rifle called the “Crusader”. It boasts a “Templar” shield (as in the Crusade’s “holy mercenaries”), and has the safety settings “Peace”, “War” and “God Wills It”. It is also emblazoned with Bible verse Psalm 144:1, which says, “Blessed be the LORD my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle” (NKJV). The article cites the manufacturer as saying they intended for the weapon to be repellent to Muslims.
On the website for the gun product, it says that “Due to overwhelming media response – Crusader rifles are taking up to 2 weeks to ship.”
The original article also cites an earlier $660 million Pentagon contract for 800,000 rifle gun sights that have Bible verses inscribed on them as well.
If anyone wonders why I am taking all this effort in writing this lengthy book series The Holy War Chronicles – A Spiritual View of the War on Terror, let this be a case in point.
It also brings to mind when the Apostle Paul described in Ephesians 2 the doctrines of the “household of God” (v. 19), “a holy temple in the Lord” (v. 21), and “an habitation of God through the Spirit” (v. 22), which”are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (v. 20). While books of the Bible like the Psalms contain great inspirational thoughts of devotion to God, such as the heart-rending passages such as Psalm 1 and Psalm 23, many of them reveal an Old Covenant view obsessed with the destruction of one’s enemies such as the verse cited here, and have been used to justify the commission of violent acts against people deemed “different” and thus “enemies of God” for countless centuries by Christians. Frankly, this line of thinking is foreign to a New Covenant, Kingdom of Heaven-type of mindset, which should be obvious when pointed out in contexts such as these, and thus is not listed as being in the “foundation” of Christ’s Kingdom, in not being what He taught nor what it stands for. One of the most dangerous things is when one mishandles Scripture – and it happens all the time by our most prominent and conspicuous Christian “leaders” to justify all sorts of rotten agendas.
Thanks, good friend Adam of the Conspirinormal podcast, for finding this story.