A few years ago, I was asked to teach the Bible at another local church.
I'm still amazed at the circumstances that led to that and may share them some day.
While we were there, Scherie and I got our CPLs.
We asked the pastor for permission to carry and he agreed, as a few others had asked him.
When we returned to our home church a couple years later, I asked if we could carry to church and the pastor asked if we could leave them in the car.
I said we could, if we parked off church property.
He said we could carry in church, so the next Sunday, we did.
Then he asked me in to his office so he could see my pistol.
We talked about guns for a bit, he's an outdoorsman.
I became the guy who was notified when an Ypsilanti native (City motto: Cars, Bars and a few Weirdos) would wander in and around the building.
After a few conversations in my Bible Study, one of our close friends took me aside one night and opened her purse to show me what she had purchased.
It was a Kahr CW9. She did not remember me recommending it.
I showed her mine.
Then her husband and a few other guys joined the local gun club.
Her cousins husband is now a gunsmith making his own 1911s and he and his wife shoot IDPA (she's a state champ) and 3 gun.
Any Sunday morning, or Wednesday night, we are lambs, but not sheep.
We have, or should I say had, one liberal in our small congregation.
She is on disability.
I had once arranged to get a car for her once that I was offered from a friend.
I got in it once to work on it and found it on the local AM conservative station WAAM 1600.
I asked why, and she said that as Sun Tzu said, "Know your enemy".
She stayed with Scherie when she was home post surgery on two occasions.
Once after the brain surgery a few years ago and this summer after the neck brace incident.
She drove Scherie to doctors appointments with our car which I had left with her the night before. Scherie would take her to lunch afterwards.
We learned that her son could not get a bus to work on the weekends.
This seriously impinge on their household finances.
I let them use our Taurus on weekends and we drove the Ranger.
At one point she discovered that Scherie had a .357 in her purse.
she drove to our house to return the car, and as we were driving her home, she told us that from now on, if she needed to get the car from us, she would ride the bus (she could never walk from the bus stop to our house) to our house, rather than us pick her up with guns on us.
She would no longer attend our church if we took our guns in to the House of the Lord.
As far as I'm concerned I am the House of the Lord.
I did not let her know that practically eveyone in the church carries a gun.
Well, I will not be manipulated like that.
If she thinks she can disarm a congregation with a guilt trip, she can think that somewhere else.
I feel bad about the situation, she's a rather sweet woman and had treated us well.
But her inordinate fear that guns safely held by friends are a threat to her has cost us her fellowship.
Liberalism is a mental illness.