Of all peoples, it is Christians who should be most wary of government, at all levels, in all forms, from all perspectives. After all, it was the State which nailed Christ, the Prince of Peace, to the cross – even after Caesar himself absolved Him.
But, disturbingly, it is the large faction of the so-called “Christian Right” who are constantly most eager for war and – despite their often libertarian rhetoric – Statism. It seemed most self-proclaimed Christians couldn’t wait for war in countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and now the modern trend is what I like to call “Iran haters”.
Leading the Iran warmongery charge are people like Daniel Pipes, whom I have a bone to pick with, and whom is actually the inspiration for this writing. Pipes is constantly chanting the “Iran is about to get the bomb” meme which has been on replay for decades at this point. Mind you, this same man who, in a November 4 article titled “Why I Am Voting Republican”, stated, “I am voting the straight Republican ticket and urge readers to do likewise.” He does not even urge readers to research their candidates, but rather to mindlessly vote straight party line. In my district, FL-01, this meant urging readers to vote for a politician who has voted for over $5 trillion in debt, the Super committee, NDAA, PATRIOT Act, TSA, Planned Parenthood, No Child Left Behind, continued billions in U.N. funding, and that’s just for starters. I imagine many or most other “Republican” districts are similar. Mr. Pipes manifests a disturbing lack of both political and spiritual discernment. People like Daniel Pipes have no credibility in my book.
Not to say that they don’t get what they want. In the 2012 election, an overwhelming 99% of the voting public gave their stamp of approval to status quo candidates who simply supported that which they claimed to oppose – more war, more debt, and across the board, less freedom.
The U.S. has about 200,000 military personnel deployed at about 1,000 bases in more than 150 countries around the world. It is actively using or has recently used non-covert force in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Uganda, and Jordan, and uses covert force in countless other sovereign countries. It accounts for almost half of the world military budget, spending well more than the next 10 countries combined. And yet almost half of U.S. voters supported the “conservative” candidate who wanted to increase military spending and usage?
The United States of America is not a nation “at” war, it is a nation of war.