Several days ago I received a forwarded email from a friend and former toadman, Walter Disney (no I’m not kidding). I don't usually read those forwarded messages, as they generally seem kind of hokey to me but this one wasn't bad. I won’t reproduce it here, on principal, as it included a line at the end about how I had to forward it to 12.2 million people or my eyes would be eaten by maggots. Nothing I hate more than being told I have to forward something - but I digress.
As I was one of several people on the address line and the responder replied to all, I received this message in my in box:
This is sweet and surely well-meaning. The service of our GI's is
beyond the comprehension of most of us. But insinuating that if you believe in Jesus, then you support the war in Irag, doesn't hold water. Please don't equate Christianity with right wing politics.
Yes, God bless our troops. And God, please help us out of this mess we've gotten ourselves into. Amen.
PS Supporting our troops and supporting the war are two different things.
Well, needless to say I felt compelled to sort this guy out and you can read that below. While I was pleased at the responses from others of like mind thanking me for my response, I was a bit concerned that nobody else replied to put this guy in his place. If you’ve ever wandered what you can do to support the troops in this war on terror, here it is. Put these poor misguided pinheads in their place. Simply tell the truth. Truth and logic are light in dark corners.
There was a time (back when I first knew Walt) I truly wanted an opportunity to go to war. After meeting Christ, I realized that was no longer on the top of my things to do list and I left the military. Several years later I realized that I would probably be a much more effective fighter than I would have been back when that was my desire.
While I’m not glad that we have to fight the terrorists, I’m glad we are fighting them. Our war was not just with Osama bin Laden, but with a segment of the Islamic world (much larger than most comprehend or are willing to admit) that has a hatred for us and wants us dead along with Israel. And make no mistake friend, their hatred for Israel will never go away and will fuel this war until the end.
While a belief in Jesus does not automatically make you a right wing conservative, it certainly does impart some moral clarity. Moral clarity allows us to see that we were attacked starting in the 70’s and those attacks continued through 9-11, while we were not attacked by the same people we were attacked by the same idea, an idea shared by hundreds of millions. Do I want them to burn in hell? Absolutely not, I hope that somehow our Lord finds a way to cut through the lies they’ve been fed and bring them to salvation; however, that does not negate the need to fight when we are attacked.
I’ve heard the argument that Iraq was not directly linked to Al-Queada. Whether they were or not, they were a state sponsor of terror – proven fact. I know people who have done raids in Iraq that have produced intelligence directly leading to prosecutions and convictions in the US. Saddam was hosting known terrorists and paying the families of suicide bombers. And while we have not yet uncovered large amounts of WMD’s we have uncovered over 500 chemical munitions that were being hidden from inspectors, and we do know that there was illegal trade taking place under food for oil that involved munitions, dual use technology and chemical precursors.
Moral clarity allows us to shine light in dark corners and recognize what we find there. Moral courage allows us to deal with what we find in there. Sometimes we find hurt and pain that we must absorb, in order to bring a loved one back to Jesus – turning the other cheek. For those who have experienced this, it is an incredibly painful and demanding process that brings us into such sweet fellowship with Him that we almost wish we could stay in the pain just to stay close to Him. Sometimes what we find in the corner is evil that we must confront and fight, using every available tool.
While right wing politicians and therefore right wing politics don’t get it right all the time, there is by and large some moral consensus on the issues of the day. Facing terrorist enemies and fighting them there instead of here – right. Abortion - wrong. Standing up for the inclusion of God in the public square - right. Sanctioning homosexuality and perverting marriage and family - wrong.
Many don’t like President Bush - he is so inflexible. Thank God. He identified a problem, took action and then stuck by that action at great personal and political cost; all because he was convinced (in large part due to his faith) it was the right thing to do.
While you don’t hear it much in the MSM, there is much good happening in Iraq, the majority of people are still glad we toppled Saddam. Our troops have gone over and above the call of duty to try and limit civilian casualties. While there have been some horrific atrocities, they have been exposed and dealt with, and that - with a level of transparency that would not be found anywhere else in the world.
Sorry for rambling so much, this is obviously an issue near and dear to my heart. With so many people saying the support the troops, while at the same time playing politics with this issue in a way that endangers our troops and emboldens the enemy, I get a bit steamed.
God Bless America
Oh, by the way, I must now take a step back from my earlier post about the terrorists getting worked for eternity by herds of bloodthirsty transtesticles. That was irresponsible of me to take pleasure the eternal suffering of others, I guess I just got a bit carried away.