How do you attract men in Kentucky to join your sect's churches? Southern Baptists in Kentucky have found a preserve way to spread Christian ethics like forgiveness and loving your enemies, give away a couple of dozen guns!
Kentucky Baptists use gun giveaways to lure unchurched to Christ
By Andrew Wolfson
In an effort its spokesman has described as “outreach to rednecks,” the Kentucky Baptist Convention is leading “Second Amendment Celebrations,” where churches around the state give away guns as door prizes to lure in nonbelievers in hopes of converting them to Christ.
As many as 1,000 people are expected at the next one, on Thursday at Lone Oak Baptist Church in Paducah, where they will be given a free steak dinner and the chance to win one of 25 handguns, long guns and shotguns.
About 50 of these events were held around Kentucky last year.
McAlister sought to win the souls of the unchurched by appealing to their love of hunting and enmity toward gun control. For 30 minutes, he mentioned nothing about God or Jesus.
Instead, he leaned on his rifle and talked about his love for the outdoors, about patriotism and about his “Daddy” and “Granddaddy,” who he said took him hunting as a child and taught him to “work hard, to be honest and to look a man in the eye when shaking his hand.”
He derided gun control. “It’s not the gun, it’s the man behind the gun,” he said, “and criminals don’t care about a bunch of rules.”
Denigrating LGBT folks also was part of McAlister's pitch.
“I remember walking across a field one day when Granddaddy asked me why two bucks don’t go off to rut and two roosters don’t form a covey. He said, ‘Do you know why that is? It’s because animals have more sense than some people.’ ”
But Chitwood said McAlister came up with the idea of focusing the events on the hot-button right to bear arms, and McAlister said it was his idea as well to give away firearms in larger quantities.
“We have found that the number of unchurched men who will show up will be in direct proportion to the number of guns you give away,” McAlister said.
What's next? Churches hosting Gun Shows?