Since I wrote the post on remembering the fallen children back ages ago on Christmas Eve 2012, wherein drone attacks on Pakistan were at 303, we’ve now reached 306. And tack on several more in Yemen.
This needs to stop. These drone attacks dehumanize war. They dehumanize the “enemy.” It all serves to justify the killing of them and those over there; you know, those terrorists.
We Christians need to stand up, band together, and tell the President and his administration to stop this madness, this murder, this evil.
But why aren’t Christians doing so? Why aren’t servants of the Prince of Peace calling for the end of the drone attacks? Because they support the attacks? Because they support the dehumanization of those in Pakistan and Yemen?
Why are so many Christians so intensely and intentionally silent when it comes to torture, war crimes, massive “collateral damage”? And if they are not silent, they are overtly outraged when objectors raise their protests.
No, I don’t want to generalize, but where is the outcry? If there are truly so many Christians in this country, where are the massive protests and calls for the end of it all? The only option I see as viable is the Christian community is being sinful in either acceptance or promotion of these attacks, or in their silence. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was right when he called the US government the greatest doer of evil in the world. And today there has been no change. He also considered silence on evil a sinful act. Silence when injustice is being done is no different than committing the evil act yourself.
Dr. King was influential. But there are very influential Christian pastors and leaders around the country, with large congregations and listeners and supporters. But King spoke out. King walked in protest. King went to prison. Then King was shot down. (And I think many folks just pigeon-hole Dr. King as the leader of blacks; but, remember why he was in Memphis in the first place.) Who among our Christian leadership in this country is willing to set such an example? Who is willing to place love for God’s special creation–humans–above their own lives, their own political agendas?
But I recognize the realities here. Of the very few people who will read these words, not one of them will be a Christian who supports the drone attacks and openly defend it. The silence will continue. The sin will continue. The Church will keep blood on our hands. And we can’t just wash it away. There’s only One who can, and it takes repentance on our part.
We can never repent if we never cease to do the evil that we do.