The great and hypocritical Catholic Pope Francis just declared that me and millions of other gun-owning folks are not Christians.
Wow. That's quite a hypocritical declaration for the Pope to make for a couple of reasons.
First, the Catholic Pope travels the world with an armed security escort. Not armed with bibles, but with guns. You know... actual manufactured metal objects that shoot pieces of lead out the front really, really fast.
Remember when he visited America last fall? His security detail for the duration of that visit had what many called "the largest security operation in U.S. history, reports CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues." And yes, each and every member of that massive security detail carried, you guessed it, a gun.
Second, according to the bible whether or not I am a Christian has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not I own guns. The Bible, that Holy book that the Pope maybe ought to read a little more closely, makes it quite clear there is one and only one requirement to be a Christian:
Believe that Jesus Christ lived, died and rose again on the Third Day.
Third, Jesus Christ himself made it very clear to Peter that being armed in dangerous times where evildoers would do you harm was important. So important Jesus made the following statement:
(Luk 22:36) Then He said to them, "But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one."
His disciples were traveling through dangerous lands with people hostile to both them and Christ. If they were to fulfill their mission they would be required to defend themselves along the way. As Mason Wheeler says quite eloquently,
Here, he was trying to explain to them that they would need to be prepared to stay mobile (side note: the word fugitive comes from a Latin root meaning "to flee"): they would need to always have a purse (for money) and a bag (to carry basic supplies) ready, and that a sword (for protection against other men) was to be more important to them than a cloak (for protection against the elements) in the days to come.
Susan Shannon explains it even more clearly on her blog Short Little Rebel:
At this time in Jesus’ ministry, Jews held out great hope that Jesus was indeed the Messiah who would literally gather an army and miraculously throw off the Roman rule. Therefore, when Jesus sent them out into the cities, he knew they would be welcomed with open homes, food, drink and would be treated very well by the People. They didn’t need a purse (money) or a sword for protection.
The Jews felt this way up until the Passover time. But Jesus knew what would happen to all their glee when he was arrested and when he would ‘disappoint’ them by not fighting back. Even today, the Jews believe that the Messiah will return but he will be a literal KING with wealth and a powerful army. Jesus’ ‘weakness’ is what makes him false in their eyes. They would suddenly think he was nothing more than a deceiver who had gotten their hopes so high only to realize that he had duped them. They would think, based on their earlier visions of what a Messiah would look like and be like, that he was only a man. And a highly flawed man at that. A false, horribly blasphemous messiah that deserved death.
Therefore, Jesus knew they would no longer be welcomed into anyone’s home or city. No one would offer them a home, food, drink- nor would they be kind. In fact, Jesus knew that they would be violently attacked for continuing to spread his ‘blasphemous’ message. That he was the Son of God. Therefore, they would indeed need money, along with a bag for their blankets & supplies- and a sword for protection.
But since the hypocritical Pope brought up the issue of guns let's examine that for just a moment, for that's all it will take to shine the light of hypocrisy on the Holy See.
First, an excerpt of the news report where the Pope condemns everyone who does not agree with him.
People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday. Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry at a rally of thousands of young people at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin.
"If you trust only men you have lost," he told the young people in a long, rambling talk about war, trust and politics after putting aside his prepared address.
"It makes me think of ... people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn't it?" he said to applause.
He also criticized those who invest in weapons industries, saying "duplicity is the currency of today ... they say one thing and do another."
Hmm... so those armed bodyguards you travel the world surrounded by... they're just for show, right?
Not even close to right. The Vatican has its very own security service, the Gendarmerie Corps of Vatican City State, whose primary duty is to protect the Pope and the Vatican City State. The Pontifical Swiss Guard are a military unit which protects the Pope using both unarmed combat techniques and small arms. They must also be Catholic with Swiss citizenship and an honourable discharge from the Swiss military.
Soldiers, in other words, with guns. Really good guns. Specifically these guns:
- Sig P220 pistol
- Glock 19 pistol
- Steyr TMP machine pistol
- Heckler and Koch MP5 machine pistol
- Heckler and Koch MP7 machine pistol, and
- the Sig 550 battle rifle
But like all good hypocrites, guns are good only when they are used to protect the "special people" like the Pope or perhaps Hollywood celebrities, right? Important people.
We mere citizens? We're not Christians if we dare own a gun! So says the hypocrite with 135 trained and armed soldiers to protect him.
Perhaps the Hypocrite Pope can disband his precious elite soldier unit and melt down all their guns before telling me who is and is not a Christian.
Oh, and read that darned Bible he waves around so much. There's some really good stuff in there if you're just willing to read it, Mr. Pope!