Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Do Unto Others—Barack Oromney Style


Neoconservatives are distinguished, first and foremost, by their unbridled and unrivaled support for using the American military for the sake of promoting “Democracy” throughout the world. . . . America, neoconservatives think, has a unique role to play in this crusade . . .

 Both conservatives and neocons favor a robust US military. But most conservatives express greater reservations about military intervention and so-called nation building. Neocons share no such reluctance. The post 9/11-campaigns against regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq demonstrate that the neocons are not afraid to force regime change and reshape hostile states in the American image. . . . Many other conservatives . . . view this as an overzealous dream with nightmarish consequences.

Having witnessed and digested the last Presidential debate on foreign policy, we should ask ourselves: How is the Obama administration’s foreign policy essentially different from the posture of neo-conservatism? What has he done or not done that doesn't come right out of the neocons’ play-book?

And then ask: How would a Romney foreign policy be essentially different from that of the Obama administration? One thing is clear from the aforementioned debate: When it comes to foreign policy—specifically the military’s role in the world—there’s but a hair’s breadth between them.

Take a step back from the President and his challenger. Forget political parties for a moment.

Consider:

1) Why have we been engaged in unnecessary and undeclared wars for over a decade now?

2) Why have we been giving millions of dollars to Egypt, supporting an Islamic fundamentalist regime?

3) Why did we funnel arms (a proxy war) into Libya? Why were we dropping bombs there? How did Libya pose a direct threat to the security of the U.S.? When did Libya attack us?

4) What vital self-interest does the U.S. have in Syria (Russia's only warm water port)?

5) Why are U.S. troops in 148 countries and 11 territories (that we know of)? Why are there 716 military bases in 38 countries (that we know of)?

6) Why are we itching to wage war in Iran? What imminent threat to the security of the United States does Iran pose?

We should contemplate these things, not only as Americans, but as Christians. How many of our wars meet the muster of “Just War” philosophy? (Depending on who's counting, in our short history we’ve fought 26 or so wars.) What are the theological implications of our militarism? Joel McDurmon observes,

Whether under the guise of spreading civilization, education, protecting citizens from themselves, serving the expansion of transportation and commerce, purging the land of dangerous savages, saving the Union, modernizing the world, making the world safe for democracy . . . the use of government force to spread peace is a false version of the Christian mission. (The Bible & War in America, p. 94)

Should we as American Christians be so willing—or even eager—to beat the drums of war? Is it unpatriotic or un-American to question the use of government force? More importantly, is it unchristian or unbiblical to critically assess these things? I think the answer to all of these queries is “no.”

I close with John Calvin’s colleague, Pierre Viret:

War is so exceedingly dangerous and full of hazard that there is nothing of which Christians must have a greater horror than of taking up arms . . . there is nothing which Christians should be more wary to employ, nor which is less suited to their profession.

4 comments:

  1. Rev. Griffin -

    You appropriately say in your commentary:

    >>>>>>> ........ Should we as American Christians be so willing—or even eager—to beat the drums of war? Is it unpatriotic or un-American to question the use of government force? More importantly, is it unchristian or unbiblical to critically assess these things? I think the answer to all of these queries is “no.” ....... <<<<<<<<<

    I agree.

    Furthermore, I think that Christians are being inconsistent and schizophrenic according to their Romans 13 belief, when they support America's military efforts to overthrow the political powers that be. Hence, where were Christian leaders decrying the US government's efforts to push out Egypt's Mubarak and Libya's Gaddafi?

    Now, the same type of revolutionist scenario may be playing out in Syria. And, as I suspect, the next ruling order will be worst than the preceding. [Better to leave well enough alone]

    America needs to restrict its efforts to foreign intelligence and working with the powers (government) authorities that be; and not helping to foment Muslim revolutionaries. And, Christians need to wake up and discourage America's political overreach!

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    1. Yes. The "Arab Spring" has not been good. In fact, it is a nightmare for Christians living in Northern Africa and the Middle East.

      Good point on Romans 13.

      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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  2. THE KILLINGS OF THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA IS UNACCEPTABLE TO ME.THIS RELIGIOUS ISLAMIC JIHAD NEEDS TO STOP NOW! SHOULD MILITARY FORCE BE NEEDED SO BE IT.I WILL NOT TURN A BLIND EYE TO RADICAL ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISTS AND THEIR KILLING OF THE INNOCENT.THOSE KILLERS SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR WAR CRIMES FOR INDEED THE CRIMES COMMITTED IN THE NAME OF ALLAH ARE SHAMEFUL. GOD IS NOT PLEASED. THE REMEDY IS CLEARLY DEFINED HERE!!!
    New Living Translation (©2007)
    If anyone takes a human life, that person's life will also be taken by human hands. For God made human beings in his own image Genesis 9:16
    Exodus 21:12 "Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death.
    Leviticus 24:17 "'If anyone takes the life of a human being, he must be put to death.
    Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
    6. Whoso sheddeth man's blood . for in the image of God made he man-It is true that image has been injured by the fall, but it is not lost. In this view, a high value is attached to the life of every man, even the poorest and humblest, and an awful criminality is involved in the destruction of it.
    OUR PRESIDENT NEEDS TO BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE DEATHS OF THE INNOCENT WORLDWIDE THROUGH ABORTION SANCTIONED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER. THIS WAS IMPLEMENTED THROUGH PLANNED PARENTHOOD PAYED FOR WITH AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS. WE NEED ACCOUNTING ALSO FOR THE DEATHS
    IN BENGHAZZI OF THE CONSULATE AND STAFF FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL FAILURE TO ACT WHEN BACK-UP WAS NEEDED. THE BOMBINGS IN LIBYA WHO HAD NOT DECLARED WAR ON US OF THE INNOCENT CIVILIANS WHO WERE KILLED..BARACK OBAMA'S FUNDING OF THE ISLAMIC BROTHERHOOD AND HAMASS HAS RESULTED IN MANY DEATHS. ALSO MURDER BY DRONE OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS.THIS WAS CARRIED OUT BY HIS DIRECT ORDERS.BRING OBAMA UP ON WAR CRIMES NOW AND ALL HIS STAFF INVOLVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. We have a lot of blood on our hands, don't we?

      Thank you for reading and sharing the scripture and your thoughts.

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