“Grave by mass grave, Korean War, when this nation’s U.S.-backed regime killed untold thousands of leftists and hapless peasants in a summer of terror in 1950.” More here (AP)is unearthing the skeletons and buried truths of a cold-blooded slaughter from early in the
Disgusting. We aided in executing over 100,000 civilians (quite possibly three times that)–including women and children–in summer of 1950, while ‘back home’ we were revving it up for the (supposed) Leave It To Beaver decade. Mass extinction, all because our peace-loving democratic ideals were ‘better’ than their socialist/democratic/communist/revolutionary ideals. Preemptive idealicide. Jesus wept.
Perhaps we aren’t to expect much more from the principalities and powers, but from friends and followers of Jesus, I think we are to expect much, much more. So my pointed questions are these:
1.) Is American really still a ‘Christian nation’ in your hearts and minds, Mr. and Mrs. Truebluechristianpatriot? Do you still hold your head up high and say “God and my country, right or wrong?”
2.) For the theologians out there, and those who use fourth-hand theology to justify unreflective belief (not the most diplomatic way to preamble a question, I’ll admit): Are there any guile-less ‘Just War theory‘ believers out there anymore? Have we ever, ever practiced a just war, in this or any country? Has just war theory ever prevented a war from happening based on its lofty and nuanced principles?
3.) Are any friends and followers of Jesus sick of settling for an Empire paid for by blood? “Then find another country,” the Truebluechristianpatriot says, the meat from human sacrifice still sticking in their teeth, their true god revealed in violent theophany.
4.) When are we going to say “This is not okay?” Not by the occasional blog post or rally attended, but with our lives and wallets?
5.) Do we have the theopolitical will, imagination, and reliance on Holy Spirit to boldly (and with fear & trembling) follow our Maestro, Jesus, into the thick of creative peacemaking, loving our enemies in Empire and standing up for the oppressed? This is the only meaningful response to the derisive line of questioning in #3. “No, we won’t go; we’ll stay right here and testify of Emmanuel, the God-with-us, here-and-now, who brings the Kingdom.”
6.) Can apprentices of Jesus and people of goodwill everywhere enter a movement and lifestyle committed to sustainable living for absolutely everyone on this planet? A place where life is valued, conception to the grave, and life is nurtured in every tribe, tongue, and nation? A world where our biosphere, our sacred ecosystem, is honored and our true connection to one-another as bearers of the Imago Dei trumps nationalist identities once and for all?
Just some troubling questions on a Monday morning. (HT: JM Branum)