Friday, January 8, 2010


If this is war, then bin Laden has won. He thinks he is a warrior, not a murderer. Just to the extent that the language of war is used, he is honored. But in their hurry to call this war, Americans have no time for careful discriminations.
Stanley Hauerwas, Performing the Scriptures [2004]

Christians are not called to be heroes or shoppers. We are called to be holy. We do not think that holiness is an individual achievement, but rather a set of practices to sustain a people who refuse to have their lives determined by the fear and denial of death…Our response is to continue living in a manner that witnesses to our belief that the world was not changed on September 11, 2001. The world was changed during the celebration of a Passover in 33 A.D.
Hauerwas, ibid.

It is hard to remember that Jesus did not come to make us safe, but rather he came to make us disciples, citizens of the new age, a kingdom of surprise.
Hauerwas, ibid.

Of course, EasyYolk isn't looking for a President who needs to acknowledge that we are at war against 'terror' in order to make us feel safer or tougher or more exceptional, but this compilation of clips from Obama speeches from DailyKos is indicative of the kind of political dialogue we are dealing with from the
American political right:

EasyYolk is highly critical of Obama's war escalation on what is now 5 different fronts in the War on Terror: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Ironically, all of these efforts, in addition to the US government's un-equivocal enabling of Israel's own militarism, are the best recruiting tools that al Qaeda could ever ask for.

EasyYolk, like Duke theologian Stanley Hauerwas, prefers the word 'murder' for what al Qaeda and their affliates have done over the past 15 years. Their hate has led to the murder of thousands of American and other Western civilians. There are more compelling answers for why they hate us than 'because they are jealous of our freedoms.' The US once aspired to be a 'city on a hill' [from the Gospel of Matthew, quoted from colonists to Presidents], but will never be a model nation unless it takes seriously Micah's answer to 'What does the Lord require of you?': to do justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with God.

Are these right-wing voices coming up with this stuff because the President is much more like them than they ever dreamed?

--Theological Autopilot

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