Are Evangelicals Warmongers?

I came across a post on Chuck Baldwin's blog where he asks the same question that I have proposed in the title of this post. Consider a few things that he has to say on the subject:
I do think it is more than fair to say that, historically, Christians have always attempted to be–and have always publicly taught the importance of being–peacemakers. Historically, Christians have preached–and tried to practice–love and brotherhood.
The vast majority of Christian believers understood the Biblical, Natural Law principle of self-defense. But believing in the right of lawful, God-ordained self-defense was never to be confused with warmongering.
The biggest cheerleaders for the unprovoked, unconstitutional, pre-emptive attack and invasion of Iraq were evangelical Christians. Ditto for the war in Afghanistan, the bombing of Libya, the attacks in Yemen, etc. Who is calling for the bombing of Iran? Evangelical Christians.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but more Christians have been persecuted under the US-imposed regime in Iraq than were ever persecuted when Saddam Hussein was in power. Oh! And don’t forget that it was the US government that was responsible for putting Saddam Hussein in power to begin with.
I never thought I would hear myself say what I’m about to say, but the truth is, the term “Christian” today means anything but Christ-like. To many people today, “Christian” refers to some warmongering, mean-spirited, throw-anyone-to-the-wolves-who-crosses-them person, who then has the audacity to look down their nose in contempt against anyone who disagrees with them for even the smallest reason.
You can read Chuck's post in full here. I think that he poses some great questions for Christians to consider in it.

I am not a dove or hawk in these matters. I think that sometimes a country needs to be involved in wars like the first two world wars. And sometimes wars need to be fought to gain independence or to insure the rights of the helpless. On the flip side I am very uncomfortable with the way that our country has waged the "war on terror" because of the rationalizations and faulty justifications that have been used to invade countries.

How about you? Are you uncomfortable with warmongering? I am.


  1. Hi Bob,

    I do find it rather curious that Evangelical Christians are coming in in support of Newt Gingrich, who is gung ho MORE war in the Middle East. Actually what you wrote above sounds just like the discussion I had with my sister this morning. LOL! I think Ron Paul's your man, Bob. And unless someone comes out of the blue whom I like better, I think he's my man too. Paul may not be the best speaker in the world, but neither was Moses and look how far he got! It's high time America quits messing around in the world and creating mischief and takes care of her own people.

  2. Paul has some good qualities CR but I think Huntsman is a better candidate (also no warmonger) with a real shot if he can gets some traction.


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