Reversed it for their national motto:
by Ted Rudow III,MA ( Tedr77 [at] aol.com )
Friday Jul 25th, 2008 12:13 PM
Laurence Vance, a serious Christian writer and teacher, offers a dramatic counterpoint. In his latest book, Christianity and War, Vance collects 79 essays on military and foreign policy. He spares no one, declaring: "Christians who condone the warfare state and its nebulous crusades against 'evil' have been duped. There is nothing 'Christian' about the state's aggressive militarism, its senseless wars, its interventions into the affairs of other countries, and its expanding empire."
The U.S., the most Christian nation on Earth, is also the most war-mongering nation on Earth. It's as if they've taken the Lord's advice, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God" (Mat.5:9), and reversed it for their national motto: "Blessed are the warmakers, for they shall be called the children of God, because they stomp every nation they figure is an enemy of God."
It's really pitiful that so many American Christians support the most unchristian thing imaginable, war, under the illusion that it's God's will and God's way. They're stuck way back in the Old Testament era, thinking that the U.S. is a modern Israel, performing God's will in the world and smiting His enemies, when the reality is that the U.S. is like the great heathen empires of old, smashing and burning, looting and destroying nations and people just so it can have its own way, not God's!
So many U.S. Christians put their allegiance to the state above their loyalty and obedience to the Lord, above His Word, above reason, and certainly above justice and truth and love! They get their nationalism and their Christianity mixed up and they think that serving their country, even when it's engaged in an unjust war, is the same as serving the Lord and fighting the battles of the Lord. They engage in carnal warfare, knowing so little about the spiritual warfare or the ways of the Spirit.Well, I can't do the subject justice.
Ted Rudow III,MA