A new standard for infamy

I am a Christian, and an American. What are we, today?

We have “taken the gloves off”. We permit torture, and break laws: ours, and others. We act alone, disdaining the community of nations. We kill those who offend or defy us, for pride. We say “we’re tough and strong; we’ll do as we please”. It’s time, we say, to turn from our soft, weak, forgiving past and be a real Empire. Let’s have penal colonies, and midnight beatings, and murder our enemies in unapologetic style, like Rome or Great Britain in their heyday.

We are cowards. We shrink from any battle where we’ll be hurt. We soar high above our enemies, dropping explosives on them, or firing missiles from a thousand miles away. We talk about an “air war” without splatters of mud or human lasagna offending us. We hire mercenaries to kill for us. Any amount of death is acceptable, if it’s not our boys.

We are religious. We say: God is on our side. We command Him by bumpersticker and billboard to bless us. We say: Our God is the ruler of the Universe, and he decrees our wealth and power. We condemn our enemies as unbelievers, heretics, fanatics, fools, and devils. God, we say, has given us our bombs and our planes and our ships and our money, and we use it to carry out His will, as holy emperors of the Earth.

And when the sky cracks open and He comes to judge, what will He say of us? What could He say to such a gang of cowardly bullies, who torture and burn and lay waste to Eden all in His name?


17 thoughts on “A new standard for infamy

  1. If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2nd. Chronicles 7:14…

  2. too much for me to say about all of this.
    suffice to say, it would be an interesting turn of events if, for once, we could point our high powered perception upon ourselves and see our nation for what it really is: self-important, gluttonous, superficial, and stagnant.
    we steal the resources of other nations while either burning our own to keep prices down or stockpiling them for use in the future, after we’ve depleted everyone elses.
    we complain about gasoline prices which are a fraction of what anyone else in the world pays.
    we refuse to pay a living wage, to our own people and to people in foreign lands, in the hopes of saving a few dollars and dropping our bottom line.
    we penalize mothers for having children, people for being hurt, crazy people for being crazy. how do we do this? we refuse to take care of them. instead, we build more boxes to put bad people in, most of whom are guilty of committing crimes in which no one was harmed other than themselves.
    we tax legal, “harmless” drugs in order to enforce the illegality of controlled, harmful ones.
    a nation of immigrants, we refuse entrance to other immigrants, desperately selfish of saving the pitiful benefits we give to our citizens for them and them alone.
    if a nation has nuclear weapons, then we are diplomatic. otherwise, we utilize every gun in our arsenal, every potential state secret and skeleton to our advantage, stopping at nothing to keep them quiet, quelled, and firmly rooted under our thumb.
    anyone who thinks getting rid of Bush Jr would solve this is ridiculously optimistic. he is merely a symptom of the problem that besets us.
    Americanitis: n. ah-mehr-eh-kan-i-tis the delusional belief that ones own interests are more important than those of any others because of location of birth and slavish adherence to parchment documents and a bird with no hair on it’s head.
    after all of this bullshit we’re witnessing right now, that disease better be listed in the new version of the DSM

  3. i couldn’t possibly come anywhere near burningskyz comment… so i’ll just agree with it..
    we’re all screwed.
    at this point… after seeing and hanging out with all the hb catholics i could handle yesterday… we are all just helpless and insignificant as far as our “elected” president is concerned….
    even those of use who tried to stop it all… we must not have tried hard enough… because we are still just a “focus group”
    i’m sick…

  4. Whatever it is, it won’t be good. I think the best that can be said is that some of us have tried to stop the juggernaut.

  5. Amen, brother. Amen.
    Two things come to mind:
    “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?” (Lk 6:46)
    “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Mt. 7:21)
    This country as a whole has a habit of claiming God when it’s convenient and ignoring him when it’s not. Somehow, I think God is going to be less than impressed when judgment comes.

  6. He’ll say the same thing he always says: “What’s this over here? Oh, I remember creating this. Oooh, it looks like it really worked, it does things on its own”, and then he’ll go away again.

  7. I have a half dozen other verse’ from the Bible swimming through my head to use as a response, but I guess my own words and what I can find will have to suffice.
    ~~~And when the sky cracks open and He comes to judge, what will He say of us?~~~
    Either one of 2 things…
    Matthew 25
    31″When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
    While the context fits, it has a larger spectrum than just this. What have you done? God has blessed you with so many things, including his Mercy and Grace most importantly. Yet, most important, his Son. While not trying to make this sound to preachy and more from a thoughtful aspect, think on what YOU have. Compare that to the MILLIONS of others who have not even a small percentage of that. I know EVERYTHING happens for God’s purpose… EVERYTHING, good or bad. What hope do you trust in?
    ~~~What could He say to such a gang of cowardly bullies, who torture and burn and lay waste to Eden all in His name?~~~
    Matthew 7:21
    “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
    Jeremiah 29
    11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD , “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD , “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
    Romans 3:23
    for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
    Everybody’s guilty… but do you even bother to ask or let alone seek God and what He wants.
    John 3
    16″For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
    But then again… the way things are in the world are the way things are supposed to be..
    Matthew 24,Luke 17
    How many 9/11’s do we need?

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