Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Overheard at Booth 1

Saw a bumper sticker yesterday, it read

God Bless Our Troops,
Especially Our Snipers

I was sick to my stomach. As a Christian, I can no longer stand silent against the coldness of the invective to call down the name of the Most High God to celebrate the death of another human being, no matter how repugnant our country has told us they are.

Jesus said we are to love our enemies, because to hate our enemies makes us just like everybody else. If we have this attitude of "God's on our side when we kill our enemies," then we are worshipping the same unholy diety that everybody else invokes from time immemorial - some strange god who thirsts for blood and death and destruction.

Our Jesus is a loving God. He commanded us not to kill. He commanded us to love our enemies. You can't love your enemy with a rocket launcher, a rifle shot, or a drone attack. You love your enemy by walking into his land with a Bible in your hand and telling him that even though he might put a bayonet through your heart, you are there to help him build a well for clean water for the children of the village.

The true warriors for Christ? The true soldiers for Jesus?

Our missionaries. Those who go out into dangerous lands with nothing but their wives, their kids, their love for Jesus and their desire to follow Him.

Metal armor, Humvees, air cover, missles - that is simply man's armor. That's not God's armor.

We need to bring our troops back home. Right now. Bring them back to their families and their loved ones and heal their wounds - both mental and physical - and pray God to make them whole again.

And we need to read our Bibles one more time, really good this time, and once we do, maybe we'll realize it's time to tear off those bumper stickers that extol the demonic lie that is the supposed virtue of "righteous murder."

1 comment:

  1. Found this link to a blog post while looking up the sticker.


    One of the comments to the posts states that the bumper sticker is part of an ad campain for a manufacturer of sniper equipment - which proves once again the old adage that if it's trying to make a positive out of a negative, a corporation is behind it.