Wednesday, July 14, 2004

War: another neglected Christian issue

The aggression, violence, and destruction of war is obviously the antithesis of the nonviolent, turn-the-other-cheek, selfless love preached by Jesus. Although I am not prepared, at this point in my life, to conclude that war may never be justified, it must certainly (at the very least) be undertaken only in cases of absolute necessity. Clearly Jesus would demand no less.

War, then, is a very Christian issue; another one obscured by the obsessive focus of mainline Christians on sexual morality.

Instead of voting their Victorian sensibilities, perhaps Christians should consider the more important issue of just war. The AP reported yesterday that President Bush has not learned his lesson from the massive intelligence failures that led up to the Iraq War:

"The United States can no longer solely rely on a reactive posture as we have in the past," Bush wrote. "We cannot let our enemies strike first." (emphasis mine).

Bush, then, intends not only to refuse to turn the other cheek, he intends to pound his enemies into submission before they even strike. Can you conceive of a more un-Christian position?


At 9:54 PM, Blogger jj said...

To be fair, the report also says the following:

"Democratic criticism of Bush's pre-emption policy has been nuanced, acknowledging that first strikes can be necessary, especially during the fight against terrorism.

The Democratic Party's platform, for example, reserves the right for a pre-emptive war if candidate John Kerry becomes president."

Thus, although the Democrats are less warmongering, they are still far from the Christian ideal.


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