Friday, January 31, 2003

What Would Jesus Bomb?-I heard an radio ad (fisked by Hannity on his show) supposedly sponsored by the National Council of Churches stating that the war was counter to God's law. I haven't got a text as of yet, but I found a comparably exegetically-challenged print ad from last month. Let's remember some basic theology. Jesus predates his incarnation, and was part of the God who told the Israelites to parking lot their foes. Jesus and the Father are one(John 10:30, 17:11 and 21), so Jesus must have signed off on those wars.
A group of people who describe themselves as "religious leaders from every faith" published a full-page advertisement in The New York Times on Dec. 4 to tell President George W. Bush that Jesus is opposed to a U.S. attack against Iraq. "It is inconceivable that Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior and the Prince of Peace, would support this proposed attack," the ad said, quoting a Methodist official. Although a number of people's names were listed at the bottom of the ad, the major signer was former Democratic Congressman Robert Edgar, who listed himself both as chair of "Religious Leaders for Sensible Priorities" and as general secretary of the National Council of Churches.
Is it inconceivable? Sorry, but I have to quote Igino Montoya's classic reply to that word -"I do not think that word means what you think it means." Yes, we have a personal ethic of turning the other cheek, but we have a solid Old Testament track record of just wars. This would either mean that our Methodist friend is either (a) throwing out the Old Testament passages on war or (b) assuming that the situation is so clear-cut that they could not conceive of Jesus siding with the President and against his critics. It's most likely the latter. This shows a hubris in a good hunk of the left that they can't conceive of being wrong on their anti-war stance.

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