For many of us, shops who posts a "no guns" sign will get boycotted, and their gun-friendly competition will see increased business. Is it unreasonable to apply the same policy towards churches, synagogues, and mosques? If not, then what makes them special? Obviously, this argument pertains to states where armed carry is not legal in places of worship and only applies towards a welcome member of the congregation; an armed neo-nazi in a synagogue is definitely trespassing.
Jesus not only condoned His followers being armed in His presence, He encouraged it. Why would a pastor put him/herself above Christ?Then Jesus asked them, "When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?" "Nothing," they answered. He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. It is written: `And he was numbered with the transgressors' ; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment." The disciples said, "See, Lord, here are two swords." "That is enough," he replied. (Luke 22:35-38, NIV)