“…that, with it, thou mayest blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy.” This prayer from the Book of Armaments that was to mark the occasion of the use of the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch came to mind recently, and below you’ll see why.
So the “Bible-believing” pastor of this “church” forwarded the following email, which was then forwarded to me:
A mother asked this President… ‘Why did my son have to die in
Iraq ?’ A mother asked this President.. ‘Why did my son have to die in Saudi Arabia ?’ A mother asked this President… ‘Why did my son have to die in Kuwait ?’ Another mother asked this President… ‘Why did my son have to die in Vietnam ?’ Another mother asked this President… ‘Why did my son have to die in Korea ?’ Another mother asked this President… ‘Why did my son have to die on Iwo Jima ?’ Another mother asked this President… ‘Why did my son have to die on a battlefield in France ?’ Yet another mother asked this President… ‘Why did my son have to die at Gettysburg ?’ And yet another mother asked this President… ‘Why did my son have to die on a frozen field near Valley Forge ?’
Then long, long ago, a mother asked..
‘Heavenly Father .. why did my Son have to die on a cross outside of Jerusalem ?’
The answer is always the same… ‘So that others may live and
dwell in peace, happiness, and freedom’
This was emailed to me with no author. I thought the magnitude
and the simplicity were awesome.
If you are not willing to stand BEHIND our troops,
Please, please feel free to stand in front of them….
ONE FLAG, ONE LANGUAGE, ONE NATION UNDER GOD
This was my response to the person that forwarded it to me:
Please don’t include me in these emails anymore, unless you come across an intelligent, accurate one that you’re inclined to share. In this case, equating Jesus’ death on the cross with the death of U.S. soldiers in any war (even the “good” ones) does a disservice to the U.S. military and is frankly blasphemous/idolatrous in regard to Jesus. If you need me to explain this, please ask. In the meantime, please don’t send me this crap.
I received a couple of responses myself, including one that accused me of “never serving or honoring anything greater than myself.” Be that as it may, my challenge stands: what does the xenophobic patriotic civil religious bullsh** above have to do with the love of Christ? How could that love ever be equated with the business end of a rifle? How could anyone think that dying on the field of battle, however “just” the war, is somehow equivalent to Christ’s death for the world (humanity included)?
There’s much to be said here, and perhaps I could/should say it, but as I said in the Facebook post related to all this, I’m just so sick of it all. I don’t think I have it in me right now to fight this “good fight” yet again.
(And with that, I’m falling asleep at the computer, which perhaps is good since I don’t sleep much any more. Here goes…)