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Militarized Christianity Is A Lie

Posted in christianity, quotes, religion by amoslanka on September 7, 2008

Today the world is on the brink of ruin because the Church refuses to be the Church, because we Christians have been deceiving ourselves and the non-Christian world about the truth of Christ. There is no way to follow Christ, to love as Christ loved, and simultaneously to kill other people. It is a lie to say that the spirit that moves the trigger of a flamethrower is the Holy Spirit. It is a lie to say that learning to kill is learning to be Christ-like. It is a lie to say that learning to drive a bayonet into the heart of another is motivated from having put on the mind of Christ. Militarized Christianity is a lie. It is radically out of conformity with the teaching, life, and spirit of Jesus.

– Father George Zabelka

Read the rest of this speech, originally given at the Pax Christi conference in 1985.

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  1. BUSH said, on September 8, 2008 at 9:29 am

    amen

  2. Parker said, on September 8, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    I might have to disagree with the assumptions behind this guy’s words.

  3. amoslanka said, on September 9, 2008 at 10:56 am

    @Parker — did you read the whole speech at the link provided?

  4. Bill said, on December 24, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    I once walked across the United States through Europe and the Middle East (that’s over 6,500 miles on foot) with Fr. George Zabelka on a pilgrimage for peace. I got to know him pretty well durring our two years together on the road- he was 67 years old when we started – a tough guy who witnessed the true ending of the second world war – Naagasaki Japan was the center for his catholic faith in that country – a short time after the atomic bombing he was sent as part of the US occupying forces in Nagasaki and walked through the still smoldering ruins of the largest Christiain church in all of Asia – After the war George was a leader in the American Civil rights movement and spoke out early on about US involvement in Vietnam – He was a true American pioneer in peace and social justice anyone interested in really understanding how the church became involved in work for peace and justice needs to learn as much as possible about George. I can answer some questions about him…

    Bill Cox


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