Proposition One


Is It a God of life, or a god of death?

Is war peace? Does might make right?

Humanity may choose to be governed by law which serves life/liberty, or may choose death/slavery. But not both.

Mathematically, despite reductions, the combined nuclear arsenals of the United States and the Soviet Union are still equal to the killing power of a couple of tons of TNT for every man, woman, and child on earth.

Should nuclear weapons fall from the heavens, plunging humanity into a hell of flame and nuclear aftermath, why blame God? After all, wouldn't it have been human hands that framed the delivery vehicles that carried the firemaking warheads into the heavens, and human ingenuity which guided the fire back to destroy the earth's inhabitants? Isaiah 29:16.

The problem is largely visionary. Ask yourself, are the values which guide this country any more than dollars and cents?

Certainly there are not many who would proclaim unequivocally that they placed a higher value on cars and boats than on human life, but actions (or inaction) tell the tale.

In truth haven't Bill Clinton, George Bush, Ronald Reagan and the country they've led been possessed solely by a cult of materialism? Haven't we burdened future generations with unbearable debts, unbreathable air, undrinkable water, and the very real possibility of extinction?

For example, prior to adopting the "free Kuwait" slogan in 1990, and subsequently carpet-bombing the Iraqi desert with artillery shells made of depleted uranium (Village Voice, January 15, 1991), President Bush more closely approximated truth by stating "our way of life ... depends on the vast oil resources in the middle east." Bush proceeded, in a theater of operations where nuclear weapons stood in the wings, to proclaim his values more loudly than words by dropping megatons of munitions on human beings to secure control of vast oil reserves. The radioactive dust which blew back onto U.S. soldiers was reported in February 1994 by CBS News as a likely cause of the infamous "Gulf War Syndrome" which the government initially tried (and failed) to blame on Iraq.

Of course, a huge stockpile of weaponry was expended in that show of unstoppability. Since then, arms manufacturers have been happily accepting orders for new, ever-more-lethal weapons from all over the world.

In the aftermath of this "great American victory," tele-theologians have concocted and disseminated visions which characterize Jesus as a patriotic prince of war, and encourage the idea that the Creator's fury was always intended to rain down from heaven as fire. Truly, it seems, "the eyes of the seers have been covered." Isaiah 29:10.

Mega-dollar preachers overlook an important principle:

"He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he that kills with the (bomb) must be killed by the (bomb). Here is the patience and faith of the saints." Revelation 13:10.

Assuming that God is life, how can those who profess to follow Jesus while supporting carpet bombing hope to evade the fact that their service was to mammon?

Obviously mega-death is in service to mammon. Of course, it's only a matter of time before the arms merchants and manufacturers, transporters, and users will be blown up along with everyone else. Meantime, they enjoy their homes, lawns, cars and boats in uneasy denial. And they should be uneasy. While homes, lawns, cars and boats are not, of course, intrinsically evil, it IS evil to imagine that these things are of greater value than human life.