Does your God love war?

By Solomon Wilhelm

Hamza Yusuf & Chris Hedges: Does God Love War? Part 3 (of 3)

March 3, 2007 -- Conservative Christians have been some of the largest supporters of President Bush’s war on terror. If it weren’t for such strong Christian support before the invasion of Iraq, the scales of public opinion would have been severely tilted in favor of finding a peaceful diplomatic resolution to whatever issues we might have had with Iraq. After all, Republicans wouldn’t have very much ground to stand on if it wasn’t for the Christian vote. There are plenty of peaceful Christians such as myself, but the spreading disease of blind patriotism has plagued many in the church. I have seen my church’s morals fall apart before my eyes. What has caused so many Christians to ignore the peaceful teachings of the New Testament, such as Colossians 3:12, “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you”?

I am ashamed by the fact that so many so-called Christians have allowed themselves to be brainwashed into supporting the very things that they are supposed to despise. Conservative Christians have aligned themselves with the distorted morality of President Bush who supports torture, the occult and big oil. You would think that the same people who are scared of the demonic influences of Harry Potter would be raising more questions about the Presidents’ membership to pagan societies such as the Bohemian Grove and Skull and Bones. The fact that Christians don’t see the obvious flaw of having a president who not only participates in pagan rituals, but also openly supports endless war and torture drives me crazy. How could people who supposedly live by the same moral imperatives as I do, support such obvious treachery?

Months before the invasion of Iraq the Christian airwaves were filled with pro war rhetoric from many of Christianity’s self proclaimed leaders. They were all hard at work trying to sway Christians into supporting George Bush’s war. Christians were bombarded with pro war messages from people such as Rev. Henry Blackaby who told Agape press, “Those who oppose the war to liberate Iraq need to read God’s Word.”

I might have missed something, but I don’t remember God telling us to invade Iraq. Are we supposed to believe that the Iraq war is some crusade against evil, in which God empowered one of the most unpopular presidents in U.S history to fight a holy war against Saddam Hussein? I sure would like some biblical proof to back up this radical religious rhetoric. Blackaby continued, “There is no question that the current war to liberate Iraq is a just war according to biblical standards”. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought the original reason we went to war was to save us from the fast approaching Iraqi mushroom cloud that was going to destroy America – today we understand that the mushroom cloud hoax grew out of the same fertilizer used in all mushroom farms!

Other pro war Christian conservatives such as Jerry Falwell tried to imply that “God is pro war” by selectively picking passages from the Bible that could be twisted to fit his war mongering, blasphemous brand of Christianity, which resembles authentic Christianity. Somebody needs to tell Falwell that quoting the New Testament to make a case for war is like quoting Marx to promote capitalism. The few passages that Falwell used to make his case for God being pro war were vague, if not ambiguous. Falwell even went as far as to attempt to refute Jesus’ as a pacifist by referring to Revelation 19 where Jesus is depicted bearing a sharp sword and conquering nations, ruling them with a rod of iron. This speaks of things to come and not things that have already happened. It is referring to Jesus’ return to earth in the last days. If Jesus were to come down from heaven and wage a war against evil I would gladly follow him. I am just not sold on the fact that Bohemian Grover George Bush is the head of the Jesus Army.

Falwell alleges that pacifists “ignore the full revelations of Jesus by claiming that he would not support this war”, but it is Falwell who is ignoring the full revelations of Jesus’ teachings. Of course a warmonger would conveniently fail to mention verses such as Matthew 26:52 which says “Put up again thy sword into its place: for all they that take the sword shall perish by the sword.” It’s so obvious how much Jesus loves war isn’t it? Another verse that shows just how bloodthirsty Jesus was is Luke 6:36 where Jesus said, “Be ye merciful, as your father also is merciful. Judge not and ye shall not be judged”.

Falwell’s attempt to turn Jesus into a neo-con is absolutely absurd, and it sickens me that so many Christians are willing to believe this garbage. You would think that Conservative Christians would need more than a few Bible verses interpreted by neo conmen like Falwell to so readily dismiss Jesus’ teachings of peace. If Jesus was so pro war then why can’t Falwell provide us with a more convincing argument?

Another verse Falwell used to try to justify the war in Iraq is found in Galatians 6:2, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Falwell’s stance is that it was our burden to liberate the Iraqi people from the horrible reign of Saddam Hussein, but many people would also see this as a call to stop the endless bloodshed, which has claimed the lives of some 400,000 civilians. Our occupation in Iraq has caused more civilian death in five years than Saddam Hussein caused in his 30-year reign as Iraqi dictator.

Whether Americans are willing to admit it or not at this time, the Iraq war and the wars to come are the result the United States and Israel’s unquenchable lust for domination of the Middle East. The only thing standing in these warmongers way are a few million Muslims that have proven again and again, century after century that they will not be occupied peacefully.

During the last 40 years, the serpent of Zionism has slowly slithered its way into the Christian church. And Christian media has been more than willing to enable the deception, especially when they receive support from large corporations such as Zion Oil and Gas. This type of religious propaganda spewed by the Christian media has successfully deceived many Christians into believing that it is their responsibility to protect the Zionist State at all costs. As we already know, any person who publicly criticizes Zionism is immediately labeled an anti Semite, even though a large number of Jews, American and abroad, also strongly oppose the Zionist agenda.

The influence of the Israel agenda on U.S. foreign policy and Christian preaching is no longer a secret. Zionism is now the core belief of many who attend Christian churches. That didn’t happen by chance. It was a purposeful, strategic tactic unleashed decades ago that has now reached fruition. Today, with Zionism so widely accepted in the church, Christians are now expected to pick sides in a fake “holy war” being fought between mostly Christians, on behalf of self-proclaimed Jews, against Muslims. This is evident by all of the gross anti-Islamic sentiment being broadcast on the Christian airwaves.

For example, neo con General Boykin remarked that Bush has been “appointed by God” and that we are in a “Holy war with Islam”. Wrong pronoun Boykin! When asked to respond to these statements the White House refused to distance itself saying, “We support the general’s right to free speech”. Appointed by God? George W. Bush? It’s called Christian Fascism folks. Be afraid. Be very afraid!

The willingness of Christians in this nation to allow our government to wage war against an entire religion is absolutely absurd and should not be tolerated. The idea of Zionism is completely ridiculous and has no place in the Christian religion. Zionism is based on the idea that God promised the land of Israel to the seed of Abraham and that only Jews are descendants of Abraham. The main piece of biblical evidence Zionists use to support this claim is Genesis 12:2, “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shall be a blessing:”

Those wishing to be a blessing to the world should think about dropping food instead of bombs. How does anybody know who is truly the seed of Abraham anyway? Are we to believe that the Muslims who have lived in the land of Abraham for thousands of years do not share any of Abraham’s blood? Zionism is nothing more than self-chosen people who are using slanted Biblical interpretation to dominate what they believe are an inferior class of people. You would think that after everything the world went through with the Nazis, we would have learned to be leery of political movements such as Zionism and neo-conservatism that have a self-chosen superiority complex.

It is time for my fellow Christians to wake up and start investigating all of the issues surrounding the Iraq war, absent the zealot-like neo con denial mind control mechanism that Fox News has subliminally programmed into too many Christian brains – particularly since September 11, 2001. If more people would just take the time to think for themselves once again and not be so quick to trust people who have proven themselves to be untrustworthy, the United States could begin to restore our dignity and renew our rapidly diminishing strength.

The main goal of a Christian should be to practice being as Christ-like as he or she can be by remembering and practicing in our daily lives the teachings of Jesus Christ when He said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye”.

We the people should first look at our own flaws before we try to fix the people of the world. After all, how can we export democracy elsewhere when we have surrendered it to neo con / Zionists here at home?