There has been incessant discussion over why the United States should support Israel in the current scuffle they are having with Hezbollah. I would have to say that my "favorite" reason for supporting the senseless slaying of innocent Lebanese is religious divination.
It seems specific groups of Christians have the thought in their heads that Israel fighting Hezbollah is a sign that Jesus’ second coming is just around the corner. Armageddon is approaching and we should embrace it full force.
I first heard about this phenomenon on ABC World News and Nightline. The story was called, “Save Israel for Jesus?” Upon further investigation, I found many references from various Christian sects as to why we should support Israel. Some pages, such as John Hagee’s Ministries page, even contain quotes taken from the Bible listing "proof" of the sanctity of Israel and Jesus’ love for the land.
This is their motivation for war. This is their motivation for death. This is their motivation for sacrifice. Frankly, it disgusts me. I do not care if people want to be Christian, but to have their faith justify murder is about as senseless as allowing a child molester to move next door to an elementary school.
Not to say that all Christians are wrong, since it is not every Christian that is supporting murder. However, the ones who do are giving the already shoddy face of Christianity an even uglier look. Ironically, it makes me think of 9/11 because this type of Christianity and the Muslim terrorists’ agendas are similar in their own right.
9/11 was horrific. I knew someone who was in the World Trade Center who managed to escape. I recall the pandemonium that ensued in Dayton, Ohio, in the area where I lived at the time, just outside Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
The media and government claim the cause for 9/11 was jihad. Though they were not considered overtly religious by Islamics who knew them, they were trained to fight jihad and it is clear that anti-Western sentiment led to act on U.S. soil. They were fighting a holy war against the United States and they justified their unconscionable acts in light of their own skewed religious beliefs. Does this not sound remarkably similar to why these Christians believe we should support the Israeli effort to destroy Lebanon…uh…I mean Hezbollah?
In my way of thinking, neither group is right: no religion should have the right to dictate the killing of innocent people, even if they are trying to wipe out the bad guys in the process.Powered by Sidelines