Monday, February 15, 2010

The whore of Babylon

Usually when I talk to people who think it's a laudable thing for Christians to fight in the armed services of the USA, they start out talking about how the bible says we need to respect our authorities, and obey their rules, and the soldiers are fighting to defend lives.

But usually when we continue down this path it really turns out that the soldiers are really fighting for idealogical issues, not necessarily because they're trying to protect lives. No, they're fighting for free speech (usually, "So you can say exactly what you're saying now!"), or religious freedom. So instead of just being a soldier for America, they're actually fighting for something larger than America.

This usually comes up because there are, in fact, Christians outside the borders of the USA, and many in countries that are enemies of the USA; Venezuela, Iran, etc. Perhaps it's OK for these Christians to fight for their countries to preserve the values of their respective countries.

But this means Christians fighting other Christians. This means Christians, bound together by the blood of the Living God, are shedding each other's blood for earthly nations' respective values.

Of course American Christians are fighting for higher values that are even higher than American values, and somehow these values trump Christian fellowship.

So it usually comes all the way around and they end up supporting war because it allows Christians to worship freely in America (somehow). And now the Church has foot soldiers, and they are of the American persuasion, who are fighting for godly virtues.

When you ask about this, they don't really have anything to say. Usually they've already agreed Christians should not fight to expand the Kingdom, or kill for Kingdom values. But then they do support killing so Christians can live their Kingdom values unopposed.

They've created a whole new values system, which is built on some nostalgic interpretation of the US Constitution. This values system isn't biblical, has no theological support, and is separated ideologically from Christian values to protect from accusation of supporting violence for the Church. Somehow these man-conjured values are worthy of fighting and killing for, while the Christian values are something we don't really make a fuss about. It's judgmental to suggest killing for a living is wrong, but not to suggest being homosexual is wrong.

In the end we're left with a value system which is the final word on morality created entirely from extra-biblical sources. Yet somehow if you oppose killing for these values (without actually saying these values are wrong), you have somehow lost your way spiritually, and you need to get into a true Bible study.

Because our flag is our god, the Founders are our prophets, and our Constitution is our holy writ. The red vestments represent the blood our sons have shed for our sins, and the white represents our national holiness. The executive, legislative, and judicial branches form the holy trinity; pastor, clergy, and theologians respectively. Capitol Hill is our temple, and the voting booth our baptismal.

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