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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Kingdom of God

(From LGF) So apparently, the National Council of Churches is using it's pull as a religious organization to espouse the political leanings of its leaders. It's the usual BushitlerHalliburton Bush-lied-children-died moonbatness- but from an unexpected place. So let's go through their message point by point, shall we?
This year our nation is at war as we observe the 4th of July, a day that honors those founders who spoke out for independence from tyranny. Today in Iraq a cruel dictator has been deposed, yet the suffering of the Iraqi people continues. Mandated elections have been held, yet the future of Iraq remains as uncertain as ever. Day by day the cost of this war for the United States, for Iraq, for peace grows clearer. No weapons of mass destruction have been found; no link to the attacks on September 11, 2001 has been shown. It has become clear that the rationale for invasion was at best a tragic mistake, at worst a clever deception.
Okay, do they not realize that the founders of the country didn't simply "speak out" against tyranny? They forcibly removed it from their lives. Indeed, people have been delivered from the boot of Saddam, and yes the country's future is uncertain, but the suffering of Iraqis is doubtful. At least, their suffering is far less than it was under Saddam. Should people committed to its success simply pull out now, Iraq could still fall back to a dictatorship or worse. No WMD have been found- but that doesn't mean they were never there. We know he had them when he gassed the kurds, and the UN for over a decade passed resolution after resolution telling Saddam to give up the weapons they knew he had. Further, nobody EVER made a connection with Iraq and 9/11 (except overzealous liberals) and was never an excuse to go to war with Saddam. If you may recall, Bush declared war on terror not just those responsible for 9/11.
As people of faith, we believe in the transcendent sovereignty and love of God for creation, and that the responsibility of human beings is thus to pursue justice and peace for all. We also believe that, as the biblical prophets of old, who in faithfulness to God spoke out to a people and a nation they loved, in humility before God we too are to speak to a land and people we love. As religious leaders we invite others who share our affections and dismay to recognize the time has come to speak out.
The responsibility of human beings ... to pursue justice and peace for all?! What do they think has happened since Saddam was ousted? Is getting rid of a brutal dictator who hired professional rapists, and who tortured his prisoners not a move towards- or at least promoting- justice? Simply not fighting or challenging powers of evil on Earth is not peace and, if it is, then evangelism is not "pursuing peace for all" since you are directly challenging other people's faith. Sure there are times for diplomacy and words, but you do not give evil quarter.
The time has come to say:
- NO to leaders who have sent many honorable sons and daughters to fight a dishonorable war;
- NO to the violence that has cost over seventeen hundred American lives, left thousands grievously injured, and killed untold numbers of Iraqis whose deaths we are unwilling to acknowledge or count;
- NO to the abuse of prisoners that has shamed our nation and damaged our reputation throughout the world;
- NO to the price tag for this war that has rendered our federal budget incapable of adequately caring for the poorest of our own citizens; and,
- NO to theologies that demonize other nations and religions while arrogantly claiming righteousness for ourselves as if we share no complicity in human evil
So lets go through this: Liberating 20 Million people is "dishonorable?" War costs lives, they were, indeed, honorable people who gave their lives for a purpose they considered honorable. Also, how can you resolve calling them honorable if they were performing dishonorable acts? Abuse of prisoners? Oh, you must mean this. Price tag? Since when is the price of a war the concern of churches? Oh, THERE it is. A socialist ideology under it all. America's poor is better off than some other countrys' middle class (i.e. England). Also, what good is celebrating the freedoms afforded in America if there's no way to make it last? I'm not sure what this last one means. Is this some tongue-in-cheek way to say Christianity is no good? If so, why is it coming from "Christians?" Again, should these member churches be evangelical in anyway, they must be convinced in the superiority of Christianity over all other faiths... further they should believe Christianity is the one true faith. Claiming righteousness for "ourselves" is not what is done; Claiming righteousness for God and "our" struggle to follow him is.

The time has come to say:
- YES to foreign policies that seek justice rather than domination, compassion rather than control;
- YES to an early fixed timetable for the withdrawal of United States troops and the establishment of a credible multinational peacekeeping force;
- YES to the honoring of human rights even for our enemies and for a restoration of our reputation as a people committed to the rule of law;
- YES to spending and taxing priorities that put the poor first, providing health care, housing, employment, and quality education for all, not just the few; and,
- YES to a restoration of truth telling in the public square and to “last resort” rather than “first strike” as the criterion for the use of force to restrain evil.

Yes to policies that seek justice? This is just repeting their above statements on what actions are actually "just." Timetable for withdrawl of the US and a takeover of a multinational peacekeeping force?! What the hell is this? What is so special about a multinational force as opposed to the US doing it, and how does this have anything to do with churches, again? Again with the socialist dogma about how we're supposed to give all our money to the poor. Not so sure why that's in a statement about ending war, but whatever. Jesus said you are to help your fellow man- not steal from your neighbor in order to do it. The war was a "last resort." Bush gave Saddam every opportunity to come clean and cooperate. He didn't do it, so Bush invaded and forcibly enacted justice in Iraq.

On the day we celebrate our freedom, we acknowledge that the freedom promised in the toppling of a dictator has been replaced by the humiliation of occupation and the violence of a civil war. The sacrifice of brave men and women has been used to serve policies that have diminished our nation’s prestige and our capacity to be agents of justice in the world.

What civil war? Most of the insurgency in Iraq is coming from people who came to Iraq from another country! Humiliation? Most Iraqis are happy we're there to make sure their infant democracy takes root. Nation's prestige?! Since when is prestige a factor in doing the right thing? What is it with this justice stuff? Anyway, my thoughts on that are above... again. As for the "capacity to be agents..." who would care about our "capacity" if all they want is the US out and multinational forces in?

I'm absolutely floored that Christianscould hold these positions! Disregarding the fact that what the country does is really no substantive concern of theirs to begin with, their positions are completely antithetical to a Biblical concept of "justice" and "peace." How would leaving Saddam in power promote peace and justice in Iraq? I'm sick of this utter condemnation that America is the only country in the world that can do wrong! For all this talk about peace and justice, they don't really outline anything.

UPDATE: It seems this National Council of Churches, USA is nothing more than a clearing house for leftist ideas. A quick look at their main homepage is evidence of that. So, are they a religious organization or a political one? I'll leave it for you to decide.

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