Saturday, September 23, 2006

Is all war anti pro-life?

This is in response to a question posed by a recent comment on a previous post... "Is all war anti pro-life?" I don't know that answer. I could claim to know, but I don't. Here are a few observations though: ~ Throughout history, when a country or group starts a war, their concern for human life is second to some othe cause such as power and domination. ~ While we can claim that Iraq was producing weapons of 'mass destruction,' we market similiar weapons to counties of our choosing. So, it was more a matter of power tipping away from us. ~ This was was not about saving the lives of 'people' in the sense that we have some deep belief that lives are of amazing value. If this were the case, we could have chosen other parts of the world where more lives were and are being lost on a daily basis. Dafur would have been one such choice among many options if this were our motivation. With that said, we in the U.S.A. need to get beyond believing that we have a biblical mandate to spread democracy as we see fit. Perhaps the rule and reign of God has nothing to do with democracy. At the very least, we need to admit that we don't have a bibilcal mandate to persecute those of our choosing simply for political gain. Ultimately, I don't know if some wars are pro-life, but I've lived through this one. The way we went about this war; it is neither just nor pro-life.


Anonymous said...

Stumbled onto your blog. I'm wondering, do you equate Christianity with liberal American political perspectives?

Randy said...

Hi Blog Stumbler!
Welcome to a much needed conversation. To answer your quesiton, I do not equate Christianity and liberal American politics.

With that said, I do believe that the liberal left has as much to say to our culture as does the conservative right.

For us to believe that the evangelical right has gotten the biblical perspective right is nutty at best.

For a beginning read, I would encourage a reading of "God's Politics" by Jim Wallis.

The difficulty with this discussion is that most Christians in America are not willing to put aside their political beliefs... if we are to be true to the biblical text, the beginning point is not the right or the left. It is elsewhere.