Bumper Sticker Theology

Out the gate, I wonder if this is meant to be taken on a personal level or a national level???

On a personal level, I can empathize with the premise.  That said, we do not live in a Christian theocracy, and neither did the early church.

True, Jesus said to love our enemies, but didn’t he also say that if asked to carry a soldier’s pack a mile we should go for two? (Mt. 5:41)  Imagine a soldier today asking a pacifist Christian to carry his gear.  Maybe the reason soldiers don’t these days is because they don’t want to hear the resultant sniveling and whining.  But I digress…

So, I say let’s not buy into this particular bumper sticker theology.  The last thing we need is for it to catch on and become national policy.  I would guess we might last about 100 years before our country would be besieged and we would all be speaking another language.

If I were one to put a bumper sticker on my car, I might have this made up:

“We sleep safely in our beds because rough men [and women] stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would harm us.” (George Orwell)

Then again, having served in the Marine Corps, I am only slightly biased!

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  1. Michael Cruz says:

    Wowzers… Ok; Maybe that might be a bit short for what i meant to say. Once again your opinionated commentary is insightful and thought provoking. I see your point and also agree with the practicality of it all. As Mr. L. Stanley commented “we need to commit a sinful act in order to save others from a greater sin… the greatest crime is for the good people to remain silent or frozen in the face of evil”. The Philosophy of holding oneself to the greatest standards set only by the Christ; although noble, cannot be done by the common man. The ideals which we’re introduced throughout the various gospels of the Bible we’re simply a guide of sorts to which we, as beings inhabiting this planet, can somehow follow in all its wisdom. With that said; we as soldiers for the cause can only Understand that we are set apart in ‘The Eyes Of Man and MAN ONLY’. As such individuals,we consider ourselves simply be the Defenders of what we consider the truths as dictated by the “Society” we live in. Whether we live here in America, Iraq, France, or Peru… it doesn’t matter… the Defenders will always be there prepared to lay down their lives for those truths consider sacred by their own Constitutions. A salute to them, the Soldiers. I myself included, Gulf War veteran “Operation Desert Storm”.

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