I am posting  Whitehead’s What Would Jesus Do? the same day as I  publish my thoughts on encroaching Islamization because I have been unable to decide to my satisfaction when a Christian stands and fights and when a Christian stands  and dies.   I believe wholeheartedly in the power of love. I believe in passive resistance and non-violence, in the manner of Martin Luther King and Gandhi.   And Randy Terry’s Operation Rescue.

“What would Jesus do?” is the question.

The Catholic Catechism(2309) gives the four conditions for a just war:

1. the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain;

2. all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective;

3. there must be serious prospects of success;

4. the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated.

These are hard conditions to fulfill; the Church teaches that war should always be the last resort.

Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) thought that “reasons sufficient for unleashing a war against Iraq did not exist,” in part because “proportion between the possible positive consequences and the sure negative effect of the conflict was not guaranteed. On the contrary, it seems clear that the negative consequences will be greater than anything positive that might be obtained.”

As immoral as it was to drop atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it had the good effect of scaring the world silly that it could happen again. I don’t think the rest of the world fears that the United States, unprovoked,  is likely to again drop an atomic bomb.  On the other hand, the 9/11 attack in the name of Islam on the Twin Towers was a wake-up call that there are indeed others who are just looking for an opportunity to attack us again, who are willing to offer up their own bodies in order to wreak havoc on The Great Satan — that’s us.

That being said, once our country is attacked, we have a right to self-defense.   It is my feeling that disarmament is foolish as long as we know that others are arming.   We are safer in a position of strength; we do not need to appear weak and appeasing.  I do not like to see us running scared.   I firmly believe in welcoming to our country those who are willing to abide by our laws, which, on the whole (having a Judeo-Christian basis) are what make the United States a good place to be. Whether they be Mexicans or Muslims, I find it hard to welcome those who come thinking to impose some other legal structure upon us (or respecting none at all) and flying their own flag.

Jesus’ message is a simple one of love and peace. We can all get along if we do to others as we would have them do to us.    If the others are coming from the same mindset it makes it a lot easier.

Thank you all for putting up with my musings.  Feel free to try to straighten me out.  I will listen.

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And his banner over me is love. — Song of Solomon 2:4

For though we live in the world, we are not carrying on a worldly war, for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds.   — 2 Cor. 10:4