Tuesday, March 30, 2010
And Jesus said, "Lay Down Your Weapons and Follow Me"
My reaction to Apocalyptic Christian Militia in Michigan?
Tip of the iceberg.
My parents didn't want any of us to be stupid about guns. We were never allowed to play with toy guns. We were never allowed to use our fingers as guns and say Bang. We were never allowed to go out into the woods during deer season unless we had a really, really good excuse and only if we were in orange and within calling distance. And we, the first 4 or 5 at least, went through gun training during elementary.
Ironically, the ONLY swear word derivative we were allowed to say was "SHOOT!" So in that respect, there was a lot of shooting going on in our household.
One of my rites of passage was taking that gun safety class with the rest of my classmates during the summer between 5th and 6th grade. I still have a firearm endorsement on my DL.
But I hated guns. Liked target practicing, but hated guns. Loved the compound bow and arrow, but hated guns.
Everyone in town took that gun class. It was Deer Country. But did my classmates have apocalyptic dreams/nightmares where their family fended off a world gone to hell?
I still have those dreams.... nightmares that would be wet-dreams to the Christian militia. Before Jesus comes again, all hell may break loose. The US, Civilization, Morals, will unravel, and the only way to protect the people and things you love is to be armed and ready.
Where did I come across this shitty information? I'm happy to point my finger at the Southern Baptist Church, Assembly of God, various sermons, kitchen-table talk and a hard-core Wednesday night Bible study on the book of Revelations.
These dreams are just my brain's way of dealing with stress, memory, and the unknown.
My parents were borderline pacifists, despite the mixed messages about guns. "Never, EVER, even PRETEND to point a gun at someone." My Dad probably would have dashed for the border if he had been drafted into Vietnam - but thank god for flat feet and high blood pressure!
Does my family stockpile weapons? Fuck no.
But if the government thinks that taking one group out is going to fix the problem - o boy o boy o boy - this is where my dedication to optimism fails me.
I'm continually optimistic that young men and women will turn their backs on a life that puts more trust in their guns than in their gods... and for them to know the difference. I'm optimistic that people will walk away from churches and sects that preach apocalyptic nightmares. I'm continually optimistic that once these young men and women leave apocalyptic sects, that there will be people on the other side to welcome them, packing heat that only comes from the heart.
To put a positive spin on this sad Michigan story - I would love to hear an optimistic story from you... and frankly - I don't care what about. Change the subject. Change the story.
Christian militia plotted US uprising.