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A critically thinking curmudgeon whose goal, in addition to creatively venting about the imperfect world in which we live, is to induce critical thinking in others. The ultimate goal is to help bring about a peaceful world in which we can all live in freedom.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Hey, Mom, Maybe Your Church Is One of the Few That “Gets It” - When Will You?

My neocon, military-worshiping mother writes in a “Happy [??!!!] Memorial Day” email:

We were SO disappointed there was NO recognition of Memorial Day at church yesterday.  I don't know what's going on.  Our Troops display is also the ONLY effort not afforded a place on the patio in front, or out back, with no mention in the bulletin.  I don't get it! 

Well, Mother Dear, maybe the new pastoral and lay leadership of your church has, unlike you and the rest of the congregation, actually read the Four Gospels – you know, those pesky missives that tell us what Jesus Christ actually commands of His followers. Things like, oh, say, loving your enemies. Which means, no matter how you try to stretch into something else, that you should show actual love to them, an act that clearly doesn't involve taking up arms against them. Yeah, I know, loving your enemies, especially those who don't worship Jesus, speak funny languages, dress funny, and don't like nosy, arrogant Americans invading their countries, destroying their property, and murdering their loved ones is not as much fun as killing them. But I think Jesus was pretty clear on where He stood when it came the idea of people who follow Him dishing out acts of deadly violence against others. Even the most “modern” translations of the Gospels make it clear that He didn't like it at all; as a matter of fact, He made it pretty clear that anyone who used violence in His name was no better than the Godless enemies He made equally clear would earn eternal damnation.

So, Mom, since the troops you claim to so adore and the organization they represent are dedicated to committing acts of murderous violence against people who never threatened the country you claim to love, an act transparently and unquestionably un-Christian, maybe your church's leadership has decided that “the troops” deserve none of the “support” you would give them. After all, the purpose of the church is to spread the word of Christ and, through prayer and study of the scriptures, lead others to live their lives in accordance with His message. That being the case, “the troops” are doing the exact opposite of what Christ would have them do. Small wonder then that no one wants your “Troops Display” anywhere near the church. As a matter of fact, they are probably being more polite and tolerant than they should, given what “the troops” do in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, and soon in Pakistan and Iran.

So, Mom, where do you stand? Are you willing to be a missionary to those parts of the world where “the troops” you so love are doing everything that the Jesus you claim to worship condemned, or are you really a worshiper of Amerikan Empire who seeks to apply an illegitimate veneer of “Christianity” on the abominations that are anathema to everything Christ stood for? I think I know the answer to that question. I just hope you and your fellow warmongers have an adequate explanation ready for Judgment Day.

Meanwhile, instead of whining about your church's resistance to your warvangelism, why don't you go find another church (or start one of your own) that makes it clear that it values War and the State over the Christian Gospel? As insipid as such a church would be, it would at least have the decency to be honest about its true aims and would stop perverting the real Gospel to advance unholy aims. It would also leave those Christians hungry for the real message of the Lord free to pursue that message without perverse distractions.

Oh, and “Happy Memorial Day.” Enjoy the temporal holy day that you clearly value over the real holy days.