On Friday morning, I took this photo in Joplin:
That sort of gives you an idea of what it is like to live in Southwest Missouri. Here, some folks like to advertise, quite openly, just how smart they are.
Over the weekend, the Joplin Globe furnished us with another example of what it is like to live here in Hooterville:
According to the article,
The give away was part of an outreach by Ignite Church to a specific demographic group: males age 18 to 35.
Apparently, Jesus-loving church officials couldn’t think of anything that would draw more young men to the Savior than an assault weapon. That tells you a lot about what they think of the young men in and around Joplin, not to mention what they think of Jesus. Oh. I forgot to mention: the gun giveaway was on, uh, Father’s Day. Jesus loves you, dad, and pass the ammo! These semi-automatic babies sure eat up the lead!
The pastor of this strangely innovative New Testament church said:
If we get people in the door, we get to preach the gospel. If we can get more people to follow Jesus, I’ll give away 1,000 guns. I don’t care.
Using your logic, pastor, I have an idea for you. How about taking a page out of the jihadist hymnal and offer up 1,000 virgins? That’ll get ’em in the pews! You’ll have more “males age 18 to 35” than you can shake an assault rifle at. We would soon have our own mega-church right here in Joplin!