of the Times
by Laurence M. Vance: A
Christian Killer Par Excellence
before Memorial Day is not one of my favorites. The "patriotic"
things that go on in churches in celebration or acknowledgment of
Memorial Day are downright sickening.
their veterans to wear their military uniforms. Special recognition
is given to those who "served." Prayers are offered on
behalf of the troops, not that they would cease fighting foreign
wars, but for God to keep them out of harmís way and protect them.
Mention is made of the troops defending our freedoms.
their grounds and the inside of their buildings with U.S. flags.
Sometimes it is a few large flags hanging from the ceiling or adorning
the walls. Sometimes it is many small flags stuck in the ground
near the church entrance. Sometimes it is both. Some congregations
are asked to recite the pledge of allegiance.
hymns of worship
to the state instead of hymns of worship about the person of
Christ and his work. Songs like "My Country, ĎTis of Thee,"
"America the Beautiful," "We Salute You, Land of
Liberty," and "This Is My Country." Some churches
go even farther and sing "God Bless the U.S.A." or "God
Bless America." Too many churches sing the blasphemous
"Battle Hymn of the Republic."
I know these
practices are widespread because of the scores of people that have
e-mailed me in disgust about what occurred in their churches on
the Sunday before Memorial Day.
In most cases
it is not even necessary to visit a church on the Sunday preceding
Memorial Day to know what goes on inside. Just look at the sign
outside of the church. Instead of a verse of Scripture or an announcement
of an upcoming event, you are more likely to see some patriotic
slogan, often with a Christian theme.
I have personally
seen two signs this year that I find particularly offensive, not
only to my Christian faith, but to reality:
God be with them.
soldier and Jesus Christ,
one gives his life for your freedom,
the other for your soul.
Yes, we should
pray for the troops. The Bible tells us in 1 Timothy 2:1 that "supplications,
prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men."
But what should we pray? That God would bless the troops while they
injure, maim, kill, and destroy property where they have no business
being in the first place? That God would be with them while they
wage unjust and immoral foreign wars? Since when does wearing a
military uniform excuse killing someone you donít know in his own
territory that was no threat to any American until the U.S. military
invaded and occupied his country? How about instead praying that
the troops come home where they belong or that Christian families
stop supplying cannon fodder to the military?
gave his life for our souls is indisputable, but do American soldiers
give their lives for our freedoms? You know, the freedoms we have
steadily lost since the troops starting defending our freedoms after
9/11? Has there been in American history any foreign war, military
action, CIA covert action, or intervention of any kind in any country
that was for the purpose of defending our freedoms mentioned in
the Bill of Rights? Of course not. Not one Iraqi or Afghan killed
by U.S. forces was ever a threat to our freedoms. The troops donít
our freedoms, and neither do they fight
"over there" so we donít have to fight "over here."
And I canít think of anything more blasphemous than mentioning Jesus
Christ, the Lord, the Son of God, the Prince of Peace in the same
breath as a U.S. soldier who unjustly bombs, maims, kills, and then
vain and for
It is time
for Christians to slay the golden
calf of the military. Christians should stop joining
the military. They should stop encouraging their young
men to enlist. They should stop being military chaplains
American churches must be demilitarized.
It is a terrible
blight on evangelical Christianity that our churches have sent more
soldiers to the Middle East than missionaries. If Christians are
so concerned about the threat of Islamofascism, then what better
way to confront it than with the Gospel of Christ?
M. Vance [send him mail]
writes from central Florida. He is the author of Christianity
and War and Other Essays Against the Warfare State, The
Revolution that Wasn't, and Rethinking
the Good War. His latest book is The
Quatercentenary of the King James Bible. Visit his
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