The potential of the Internet…


I’m in the midst of a good conversation about just war and pacifism and whether we should or should not resist evil and the teaching and example of Jesus and a whole host of other things over here. The post (on Josh Brown’s site) is called oh-so-gracefully Huckabee is an Idiot. Ol’ Josh, never one to pull punches. Haha.

Please hop over and read, and feel free to challenge me or my main conversation partner, Derek Mooney. Or just read and enjoy what has been a challenging conversation for me. Derek’s a firmly-rooted follower of Jesus who has forced me to think and act in different ways over the last few months that I’ve had a chance to see and interact with what he cares about. He blogs here.

p.s. It’s this level of conversation that can only benefit our society that is infected with 10-second soundbites and shallow relationships and fear of someone or something different than us. We don’t know how to live with it/them, so we remove ourselves from them (or just flat-out “remove” them) to a reality centered around ourselves and those most like us.

Here’s an excerpt from my recent post to either pique your interest or bore the stuffing out of you;

And Derek, the 20th/21st century question is far from irrelevant, because if we take the position that lethal action is somehow justified, then we have to ask some serious questions today. One might be;

“How does my conviction that war could be just in certain cases intersect with the interests of the nation I am a citizen of?” Why is that important? Because nations have a vested interest in making their action look justified and sanctified. Anyone could justify any military action if they were willing to hop through enough hoops. The U.S. is just as good or better at that propaganda as Chavez in Venezuela or Stalin in the USSR.

Another question; “If I think lethal action is justified in some cases, how does that intersect with my limited perspective on what is ‘good’ and ‘righteous’ or who is ‘evil’ and who is ‘good’?” I have been raised in certain communities to think certain ways about the world, and that’s not necessarily (and often isn’t) the “right” perspective. It’s limited and enculturated. So if I’m willing to kill another human being, I should be sure that what I’m doing is clean and tidy and within the limits of justice. The problem you run into is that you don’t know whether the person on the business end of your gun is “guilty” or not; and ultimately, given the nature of modern warfare, both you and that person are pawns used by more powerful people to achieve their ends, not the protectors of what is just and right. Are you willing to lay down your arms and face the punishment of insubordination if you believe an action is unjust, whether you’re patrolling Fallujah or Compton?

There’s a whole host of questions that should be, must be, brought to bear in this discussion. Unfortunately, this discussion is not taking place in any full sense amongst Christians in America, so people have become ok with what Dobson is spoonfeeding them. And what he’s spoonfeeding them is religious syncretism


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