Fighting the wrong war

From He is our Peace: Meditations on Christian Nonviolence:

The reason I don’t like the word “pacifist is because Jesus teaches us to fight — with his kind of weapons. An old Georgia farmer said to Clarence Jordan, founder of the Koinonia Farm, “I heard you won’t fight.”

“Who told you that?” Clarence replied. “We sure will fight.”

Surprised, the farmer said, “Well, you won’t go into the army, will you?”

“No, we don’t fight that way,” said Clarence. “Do you see that mule over there? Now, if that mule bit you, would you bite it back?”

“Nope,” replied the farmer. “I’d hit that mule with a two-by-four and knock its head off.”

“Exactly,” replied Clarence. “You wouldn’t let the mule set the level of your encounter with him. You would get a weapon the mule doesn’t know how to handle, but you do. Well, that’s what Christians are supposed to do — use weapons of the Spirit Jesus uses, not weapons of the world the enemy uses.”

H. Goeringer

George Bush's  haloI’m well aware that the U.S. is not a Christian nation. But the lesson of fighting with weapons the enemy doesn’t understand would be a very helpful one for many people to learn and understand.

Turkish men  prayingMeanwhile, George W. Bush offers exchanges death for death in the never ending cycle that changes nothing. Especially when fighting religionists, violence does not deter the aggressors. Religions are fed by the blood of their martyrs. If you want a religion, such as that of the Islamist terrorists, to survive, try to kill them off. Ten new terrorists will rise for every person killed.

The terrorists’ cunning and elusiveness are a good match against the power and technology of the U.S. While we can devestate their homes and businesses, they destroy our sense of well-being — our illusion of safety.

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