Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Soldiers Peering Through Bible Verses

Trijicon, a defense contractor in Michigan, makes scopes and optical devices for guns used by the US military in the Wars on/of Terror, earning them $66 million a year from taxpayers. Bad enough. But it adds insult to injury for them to inscribe Bible verses on all of them. According to the LA Times article:

Trijicon's rifle sights use tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, to create light and help shooters hit what they're aiming at.

Markings on the Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight, one of the company's most advanced models, include “JN8:12,” a reference to John 8:12: “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'”

The Trijicon Reflex sight is stamped with 2COR4:6, a reference to part of the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians: “For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

This is demonic. Twisting the words of Jesus and Paul to give cred to advanced technology that allows US soldiers to see more clearly in order to kill more successfully cannot be supported by any legitimate Biblical reading strategy. Christian leaders throughout the United States, from all across the theological spectrum, should raise their voices in shock and disgust. Like human trafficking and corporate greed, this is an easy issue to find unity in the Body of Christ. How can we really explain to the Muslim people we are bombing and shooting that this isn't a religious crusade?

Of course, Tom Munson, Trijicon's director of sales and marketing, brushed it off, "We don't publicize this. It's not something we make a big deal out of. But when asked, we say, 'Yes, it's there.'”

Easy for Munson to say. His company is making millions off two unjust wars, while (mis)quoting Jesus and Paul all the way to the bank. American followers of the crucified and risen Messiah should 'make a big deal of' this. These wars are unjust and cannot be ordained by the God revealed in Jesus who challenged his disciples to love their enemies (not shoot them) and backed it up with his own life...and death.

--Theological Autopilot

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