From the Pastor: What’s next?

Staff Writer
Runnels County Register
Gary Karschner is the pastor at the United Methodist Church in Miles, Texas.

From Gary Karschner, the pastor at the United Methodist Church in Miles, Texas.

I have a few thoughts to offer this week. Few being the key word. First, two things I have not mentioned in a while are reminders. Remember to put your change into the spiral well at Los Carlos restaurant. This money goes to help the local Ministerial Alliance program. And second, don't forget to get your Fernandez hot sauce at Sklenarik’s Smoked Meats. While you are there check out the many varieties of pickles they have on their shelves. Pull yourself out of your rut and try something new. Live dangerously and try something different. Live in the fast lane. Well at least change lanes.

I have been watching far too much television.

I have some observations to share with you. Ford has a truck commercial with a girl mounting her horse from the wrong side. Come on, Ford. This is Texas and we notice those things.

Why did Marshal Dillon get to drink on duty? How many times was he down at the Long Branch, in the middle of the day, having a cold one with Miss Kitty and Doc? What did Lucas McCain do to earn his living on the Rifleman? He was always shooting up the bad guys and saving the town.

Channel change.

My heart is breaking. Our nation is crumbling and it appears many of our local and state leaders are still on their coffee breaks and are not yet aware of what is happening in their front yards. Who is leading whom?

I know we say not in our town. Not in Miles. Not in Ballinger. Not in Brownwood. Well, just because we say no, that doesn't automatically make it not happen. If, heaven forbid, it did happen here; or maybe it has already happened, what do we do? The question was raised about defending yourself and your loved ones. How far can you go as a citizen to protect your loved ones and your property? What can I do in my own home to protect myself and my family against armed intruders? What can I do in public?

The question of the legality of carrying a weapon into our church was asked. There have been too many assaults on places of worship and the people inside those churches. This is not a hypothetical question. This has happened. It is a real threat. Much like the anarchy happening in the streets of some cities, it has happened in the most sacred of places. We think/hope/pray we are safe in our sacred churches. I never thought in my lifetime I would carry a gun into my church, and in that same breath I say I never thought I would see our nation be on the brink of anarchy. What has happened to our world? Please be aware of your surroundings. Look out for those individuals that seem out of place. They just may be out of place for a reason. NOW the question of what can I do to protect myself, my family, and my property becomes very important. Not in Miles. Not in Ballinger. Not in Brownwood.

Gary Karschner is the pastor of the United Methodist Church in Miles, TX. The views and opinions expressed in his article are those of pastor Karschner and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or views of the Runnels County Register or Gannett Media.