Who Judges, History or God?

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My comments will not be of a standard libertarian nature. They will be closer to what I prefer, which is Christian anarchism.

John Kerry says “History would judge us all extraordinarily harshly if we turned a blind eye to a dictator’s use of chemical weapons.”

Who judges, however, History or God? Kerry’s philosophy is easy to understand. He knows what’s good and evil, he judges the case, he judges the means to rectify wrongs such as bombing, and he executes judgment. Mankind has eaten from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The result? Each man then sits in judgment of other men based on his ideas of good and evil and what’s best for this world. We know the historical results of these judgments that often conflict and lead to severe conflicts. In this instance, the U.S. in the person of Barack Obama is judge, jury and punisher. Who deputed him to fulfill these posts internationally? Not God certainly.

The opposing philosophy is that of Jesus, and it is not quite as easy to understand because it is grounded in faith and God’s grace. Its action is not to judge and enforce judgment on others. Its action is non-violent. It is less visible and less flashy in how it works against evil. It often works through personal action, invisible factors, and the grace of God. Nonetheless, it works powerfully. It is an impossible ideal to attain on earth and in human affairs, but nonetheless it provides a salutary direction opposite to the kind of action that Obama and Kerry are determined to undertake.

Jesus had no cruise missiles with which to confront authorities. He hardly even defended himself. Who will be remembered historically as a peacemaker? Will it be Jesus or will it be Barack Obama and John Kerry?

2:06 pm on August 30, 2013
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