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.