Friday, October 13, 2006

FAITH, A CASUALTY OF POLITICS?

Sgt. Ricky Clousing, a young, born-again evangelical Christian, went off to war in Iraq "out of patriotism, idealism and curiosity." But as an interrogator in Iraq, he quickly realized that American forces were harassing and even killing innocent civilians, thus "creating the insurgency you're trying to fight." He told his superiors of the problem, who referred him to a chaplain, who blithely counseled him that in the Old Testament, "God sent his people to war." Returning to the states on leave, Clousing told his church friends the truth about the war in Iraq, but they told him that the Bible commanded Americans to be loyal to the government by "rendering unto Ceaser's what is Caesar's." And thus Clousing realized that their "politics" had "infiltrated their religion so much, they can't see past their politics."

This week Clousing was court-martialed and sentenced to 11 months in prison for going AWOL, for once he became convinced of the anti-Christian nature of the Iraq War, he refused to return to the battlefield.

You can read his story in the New York Times, but you probably won't hear about it from your local Republican megachurch or conservative Christian organizations ... just like you won't hear Jesus' admonitions that his followers should be peacemakers rather than warmongers.

2 comments:

Looney said...

Cute. The Sunni suicide bomber goes to the Shiite market and blows himself up because of US abuses! The Shiite hit squad responds by killing Sunnis in the middle of the night and again, it is due to US abuses! The New York Times is just another brain damaged tabloid.

bowtiebaptist said...

It seems to me that the jury is still out on what creates or foments insurgency in Iraq. Islam needs to do a better job of policing its own if they really do not agree with those who have "highjacked" their religion.

Some Christians are no doubt caught up in the notion that to question the validity of the war means to be less than patriotic.

There have always been Christians who did not agree with the wars that America has been involved in. What was tragic about this fellow's situation is that he got saddled with a Chaplain who refused to help him deal with his questions in a legitimate way.