How did Christians become warmongers?

I never thought I would hear myself say what I’m about to say, but the truth is, the term “Christian” today signifies anything but Christ-like. To many people today, “Christian” refers to some warmongering, mean-spirited, throw-anyone-to-the-wolves-who-crosses-them person, who then has the audacity to look down their nose in contempt against anyone who disagrees with them

After reading this very powerful column by Chuck Baldwin, all I could think was — wow!

The Christian church “was born in a baptism of love and unity,” he writes. While there were differences of opinion, the early church was “a loving, caring, compassionate ecclesia” The New Testament church always attempted to be and teach the importance of being peacemakers.

That doesn’t mean they were pacifists. Early Christians believed they had a God-given right to defend themselves. But they never confused self-defense with warmongering, Baldwin note.

Something has happened to today’s church, Baldwin says. Christians, particularly those who call themselves evangelicals and fundamentalists, have become the “biggest cheerleaders for war.”

Baldwin says the modern Warfare state would grind to a screeching halt of Christians stopped supporting it. He criticizes those religious leaders who interpret Romans 13 to mean that Christian owe unquestioning obedience to civil authority as “obey-the-government-no-matter-what” claptrap.

No man is exempt from the moral laws of God. No man! Not even the President of the United States. And how much guilt do those of us in America who laud and support the Warfare State share when atrocities are committed by our leaders in our name and with our approval? And if none, then what were those trials in Nuremberg all about?

Something to think about on Nov. 6.

2 comments

  1. This has been going on for 1,000’s of years. The crusades, inquition and war in the name of G-D and Christ. People are so TWO faced. People will talk goodness, kindness, then pick up a gun or have someone else do it and kill NO murder another human. Very sad.

  2. I certainly agree with the spirit of your article! However, I would like to point out that there have been some Christians who did not believe in the principle of self-defense, based on the Sermon on the Mount. The most famous of these people was probably Leo Tolstoy, whose views were summarized in the book, “The Great Anarchists” by Paul Eltzbacher: http://www.amazon.com/The-Great-Anarchists-Teachings-Thinkers/dp/0486436322.

    That’s not intended as criticism, it’s just a tidbit of information for you to use (or not) as you see fit.

    Thanks for pointing this out!

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