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.
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.