Just an odd anecdote from my life ...
I went to a very small church about 20 years ago. And there were (about) 15 men in the church who were seen as the upstanding leadership-worthy caliber of church-goer. (My uncle was one sich upstanding member.)
One of the decons was a postal worker, and during a few instances of mid-week Bible study, he would show up wearing his postal unifrom because he had JUST come from work and didn't have time to change. No big deal. We all knew him and we all knew he was a letter carrier, so it was just ... life, ya' know? Same with a few nurses and truck drivers -- they'd show up on Sunday mornings right after a shft wearing their uniforms.
My uncle was a state cop, so he was obligated to work every other weekend, so he mssed church a lot. And one year for Mother's Day, his wife (my aunt) was asked to speak briefly from the pulpit about motherhood. But he had to work that day so he was going to miss her one moment of speaking to the congregation.
Well ... he deliberately timed it so that he showed up at church --in full uniform, including his smokey hat-- right when she took the podium. He quickly slipped in the back, took off his hat, sat down, waved at her from the back, and she spoke. A few heads turned at his entrance, and a lot of knowing grins were sent his way (he is allowed to stop off and go to the bagthroom or pick up a cup of coffee from time to time, after all, so this was a "bathroom break" for him).
After she was done speaking (she spoke for barely 5 minutes) he got up, waved at her with a smile, and left, heading back out to his squad car for the rest of his shift.
Anyway .... he came in with his gun in his holster in full view of anyone who was also in the back and able to see his sidearm. And that is a fact that never struck me before I came to TSP. Here at TSP I keep reading about the ongoinng conflicts with concealed carry and open carry. Granted, he was a cop (retired now) so he was expected to carry openly. But still, he brought it into the church. And yet no one batted an eye at the gun, just like no one bats an eye at othre pew-sitting people in uniform such as the guy in the postal uniform or the nurse in scrubs or the UPS driver in his brown suit.