Most Sundays I go to church. I carry my sidearm with me every single time, and a lot of people ask me why. My common response is something along the lines of: In Luke Jesus called for his disciples to sell their cloaks if they had no money to buy swords. Why should we do any less?
Luke 22 35-38 :
35 And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” 36 He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. 37 For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.” 38 And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”
The reality is I do not trust people. It is an easy step to escalate what happened in Bozeman to violence against individuals. We all have a duty to look out for one another, to protect each other, to assist each other. I simply take that duty and follow it to the best of my ability.
There have been shootings in churches in America, people have died by the hands of angry violent people inside places of peace. There are no safe havens from violence, deadly or not. In Missoula last Christmas several churches were broken into and robbed, fortunately those individuals responsible were caught.
This incident in Bozeman is so extreme that the FBI is investigating and offering rewards for information that leads to the arrest of these individuals. Whoever is committing these crimes, has attacked three different kinds of churches. They broke windows, tagged walls, and burned Bibles among other things.
If you have a tip to who committed those crimes please contact the authorities.
How to submit tips:
Anyone who has information about the incidents or the person or persons who committed these acts is asked to contact the FBI’s Bozeman Office at (406) 994-0927, the Bozeman Police Department at (406) 582-2010, or the Montana State University Police at (406) 994-2121 or to e-mail tips to the FBI Salt Lake City Division, which covers Montana, at SaltLakeCity@ic.fbi.gov.