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How Did Christians Become Warmongers?


While I’m no big fan of Chuck Baldwin, he does make some valid points in his most recent article, How Did Christians Become Warmongers?

Historically, Christians have always attempted to be–and have always publicly taught the importance of being–peacemakers. Have not Christians preached–and tried to practice–love and brotherhood? The early church was born in a baptism of love and unity. Oh sure, there were always individual misunderstandings and differences, but, on the whole, the church was a loving, caring, compassionate ecclesia.

So, what has happened to turn the most peace-loving institution the world has ever known (the New Testament church) into the biggest cheerleaders for war? I’m talking about unprovoked, illegal, unconstitutional, unbiblical–even secret–wars of aggression. The biggest cheerleaders for the unprovoked, unconstitutional, pre-emptive attack and invasion of Iraq were evangelical Christians. Ditto for the war in Afghanistan, the bombing of Libya, the attacks in Yemen, drone attacks in Pakistan, etc. Who is calling for the bombing of Iran? Evangelical Christians. Who cheers for sending more and more troops all over the world to maim and kill more and more people (including innocents)? Evangelical Christians.

And where are today’s evangelical Christians giving a second thought regarding their fellow Christian brothers and sisters in many of these Middle Eastern countries that are being persecuted, imprisoned, tortured, and killed by the puppet regimes being put in power by the US government–at US taxpayer (including Christian taxpayer) expense? I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but more Christians have been persecuted under the US-imposed regime in Iraq than were ever persecuted when Saddam Hussein was in power. Oh! And don’t forget that it was the US government that was responsible for putting Saddam Hussein in power to begin with. The US government set up Osama bin Laden, too.

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But what he fails to mention is this is nothing new. Acts of unprovoked aggression (and war) have been supported by followers of Christ dating back to the time when the first Puritans arrived on these shores. And it’s never stopped. Did you know that? 

Its been my desire for some time to explore this topic here at the blog. While it’s too late (2:45 am) to even begin to get into the topic right now, God willing I’d like to tackle it soon: perhaps this week. I’ve been collecting a few notes and links over the last few months and hope to share them with you. You may end up as surprised as I was after researching the topics concerning; America’s unprovoked acts of aggression, wars, and the Church.  

7 comments on “How Did Christians Become Warmongers?

  1. Historically, democracies have always favored pre-emptive attacks for every imagined plot against them. The United States is no different and it has forgotten many of its invasions. For instance, there were over a thousand soldiers sent into Russia toward the end of the first World War. Only a couple decades later, everyone wondered why Russia was paranoid of an American invasion…

    • True Chris.

      And when these preemptive actions are continuously taken by a nation, any nation, its impossible to claim that nation is a “Christian” nation. When claiming a nation is a “Christian” nation you are literally saying it is representative of the bible’s description of the Kingdom of God, which no nation on this earth can ever be.

  2. Another influence of nationalism at the expense of the teachings of Christ.

  3. What a question for Baldwin to ask. Maybe it’s because of quotes like this from people like Chuck Baldwin:

    Beyond that, how much longer do we have before it will become necessary for freedom-loving States such as Texas (and maybe Oklahoma, Montana, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Vermont or South Carolina) to declare their independence one more time? An argument could be made that Washington, D.C., is considerably more brutish and tyrannical than old Santa Anna ever was. I’m not so sure that it isn’t already time to again hoist the “Don’t Tread On Me” flags, shout “Remember The Alamo,” and renew the faith and courage of William Travis and Patrick Henry.

    • Yep, Chuck Baldwin went off the deep-end concerning Christian Patriotism and Nationalism some time ago Steve. Its why i stopped linking to his weekly articles. He began coming out with outrageous statements like the one you quoted, every week! I can’t even agree with his entire article i quoted from above. But the quotes excerpted, i do agree with: Many within the evangelical right have indeed become warmongers.

    • As someone who takes history seriously, it’s appalling how many different historical metaphors he blended together to make a nebulous point about an abstract, illdefined freedom. Tell someone like Chuck that perhaps the American Revolution was a rebellion driven by greedy middlemen and watch the cannons fire.

  4. So, what has happened to turn the most peace-loving institution the world has ever known (the New Testament church) into the biggest cheerleaders for war? I’m talking about unprovoked, illegal, unconstitutional, unbiblical–even secret–wars of aggression. The biggest cheerleaders for the unprovoked, unconstitutional, pre-emptive attack and invasion of Iraq were evangelical Christians. Ditto for the war in Afghanistan, the bombing of Libya, the attacks in Yemen, drone attacks in Pakistan, etc. Who is calling for the bombing of Iran? Evangelical Christians. Who cheers for sending more and more troops all over the world to maim and kill more and more people (including innocents)? Evangelical Christians. Most evangelical Christians didn’t even bat an eye when the federal government sent military and police personnel to murder American citizens, including elderly men, women, and children–Christian elderly men, women, and children, no less–outside Waco, Texas. Neither have the vast majority of them piped a peep of protest against the federal government’s murder of Vicki and Sammy Weaver.

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