The New York Times tells me a pastor in Louisville is inviting his congregation to carry firearms into the sanctuary ‘celebrate [their] rights as Americans’. My take’s conservative: I oppose this.
What’s holy is set apart for specifically the Lord’s worship (since everything’s for him, we need not talk about that). If possible, what’s dedicated to God in this way should not be given to any other uses. This means, if possible, Sunday school and movie nights and games and all other such things should be elsewhere, perhaps in the parish hall.
Taking arms into a house of God’s worship is bordering on sacrilege – and I ain’t a pacifist. I’d even prefer that we take off our shoes before entering the house of the Lord, not to speak of the sword.
A church for God’s worship is for declaring and renewing faith, i.e. trust and allegiance, to Christ the King, not to the American state. To this end I think even the American flag is too much, and that includes the Glorious Fourth of July.
So, no guns any farther in than the narthex (at the most!), with the buckets of umbrellas and the restrooms.