Take note, war-mongering Christian conservatives:
On this Christmas Eve, one of the great unreported stories throughout what we used to call Christendom is the persecution of Christians around the world. In Egypt, the “Arab Spring” is going so swimmingly that Copts are already fleeing Egypt and, for those Christians that remain, Midnight Mass has to be held in the daylight for security reasons. In Iraq, midnight services have been canceled entirely for fear of bloodshed, part of the remorseless de-Christianizing that has been going on, quite shamefully, under an American imperium.
The persecution of Christians is Iraq is a direct result of the federal government’s martial intervention over there since 2003. The attempt to bring democracy to Iraq has led to an increase in the amount of persecution that Christians face in Iraq. Stated another way, Christians were safer under the Saddam Hussein regime than they are under the current democracy.
And Egypt is also the United States’ mess. The federal government has interfered in that locale’s political arena for decades; sometimes directly, sometimes overtly. The results of this meddling are the same as in Iraq: more Christians are being persecuted as a result.
Now, the question for war-mongering Christian conservatives is this: if you have to choose between doing what’s in the best interest* for your brothers and sisters in Christ and feeling proud of how your government’s military can easily dominate a third world country, which will you choose? The choice is not merely hypothetical, and it must be made. Who is greater: God or country? And who do you truly worship: God or country?
* This being the very meaning of love as it’s used in theBible.