Sarah Palin Courts a Nightmare War

Posted: September 11, 2008 in Uncategorized
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VP candidate Sarah Palin “WARNS WAR MAY BE NECESSARY IF RUSSIA INVADES ANOTHER COUNTRY,” according to ABCNews. Necessary. A war between the major contenders in the Cold War. Between countries bristling with nuclear weapons. Necessary?

War with Russia’s former incarnation as the heart of the USSR, for those that have forgotten, is the nightmare scenario which we spent decades gingerly avoiding. War with Russia used to be considered the ultimate endgame for human civilization, but now, for politics’ sake, for posturing’s sake, for the sake of making her opponent look “weak,” a major vice-presidential candidate is tossing caution to the wind and is ready to reap the whirlwind.

Stop, Sarah Palin.  Stop and think.  You are a member of the Assembly of God church, which as late as the 1917, said (via Sub Ratione Dei):

From the very beginning, the movement has been characterized by Quaker principles. The laws of the Kingdom, laid down by our elder brother, Jesus Christ, in the Sermon on the Mount, have been unqualifiedly adopted, consequently the movement has found itself opposed to the spilling of blood of any man … Every branch of the movement, whether in the United States, Canada, Great Britain or Germany, has held to this principle’ (cited in Blumhofer, Restoring the Vision, 147).

Remember the words of Tertullian:

“Is the laurel of the triumph made of leaves, or of corpses? Is it adorned with ribbons, or with tombs? Is it bedewed with ointments, or with the tears of wives and mothers? It may be of some Christians too; for Christ is also among the barbarians.”

In other words, the people you’re talking about killing, possibly in mass numbers, include huge numbers of Christians, even if you don’t care about anyone else.  I imagine a good deal of your attractiveness as a running mate has to do with your ability to energize the Christian base in the U.S.  Will you do so by calling for, by implication, the possible murder of other Christians? Do your national loyalties trump your loyalty to the Body of Christ?

Stop. Think about what you are saying.

  1. mountainguy says:

    Lovely article. Is the first time I read this blog. Blessings from Colombia

  2. dcrowe says:

    Thanks for stopping in, mountainguy! I hope you’ll stick around.

  3. Thanks for the link, Tertullian has a poignant way of asking a few pointed questions, eh? Something tells me that his is not Palin’s branch of the Christian family—or perhaps, she’s a little further out on the branch.

    Good piece. Thanks.

  4. dcrowe says:

    Hey no problem. Thanks for stopping in. Tertullian puts things in such a way as to really get to the heart of it.

  5. dcrowe says:

    FYI, eric, I just added you to the blogroll.

  6. Good post. Scary stuff.

  7. ericroorback says:

    Hey, I just came across your blog through my friend’s blog and I really appreciate your comments on Palin. I’m not sure where you are writing from, but it sounds like the U.S. I’m glad to hear that there are still thoughtful Christians who haven’t sold out on Christ’s call of radical discipleship for a nationalist commitment.
    Much of my reading over the past few months have been in the area of American history, Evangelicalism in America, and most recently the role of the Religious Right in American politics. The more I read, the more unsettled I become. I honestly fear what consequences might come from such nationalist commitments couched in religious rhetoric; nothing good I’m sure! I just posted a quote of John D. Caputo on the Religious Right at You should check it out. I think you would appreciate it in light of this post.

  8. N. Dan Smith says:

    This is, of course, the running mate of the man who sang “Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran.”

    In Richard Hays’ “The Moral Vision of the New Testament,” he mentions the military chaplain who ministered to the crew of the plane which dropped the Bomb on Nagasaki. Among countless others, he later found out that an order of Catholic nuns was destroyed in the bombing. He subsequently repented.

  9. dcrowe says:

    N. Dan Smith: (Should I call you dan or nathan?): That chaplain’s speech “converted” me to Christian nonviolence. You can read the whole thing at: I quote it every chance I get.

    erickcroorback: Yessir, I’m blogging from the U.S. Actually I just left my job on Capitol Hill over this concerns. Both parties are very much mired in this misuse of Christianity, which can make it difficult for me to figure out what to do in the voting booth this year.

  10. bobby grow says:

    Not that it’s a huge point, but to be accurate, Palin is no longer a member of the AOG—but of a non-denominational “Bible” church.

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