November 18, 2010
Jesus wants you to kill the enemy?
The American Family Association is a Christian advocacy organization. It is very right-wing—I say this as a Christian brother, albeit in no way a fellow traveler—and so maybe it’s fitting that the AFA website hosts a blog titled Rightly Concerned. The blog is labeled “A Project of the American Family Association,” but it also bears this disclaimer at the end of posts:
But sorry, AFA, I’m not letting you off the hook on the atrocity that is this commentary from Bryan Fischer, the organization’s director of issue analysis. The subject is the Medal of Honor. More specifically, it’s the types of courage in Iraq and Afghanistan for which the medal has been awarded.
That’s an odd opinion but it’s an arguable one. But what is so frustrating here is Fischer’s riff on the Macho Jesus. As my friend Brian pointed out, what follows is just miserable biblical interpretation (at best):
Of course, the goal of war is to win. And leaving aside the righteousness of any specific war, they often are righteous reasons to fight—even when such an action would be imprudent. Ousting Saddam comes to mind.
But don’t turn the Bible on its head to give supplemental support to waging war.