Wednesday, September 11, 2013
#254 / Dying For
From time immemorial, patriots have been asked to die for their country. Martyrs have been asked to die for their faith. Such sacrifices have been considered noble, and as representing the highest expression of moral conduct. Young men and women are asked today, as in years past, to make such a sacrifice, and to be ready to die for their country, and for their faith, and for freedom.
And they do.
But let us be clear.
Dying for your country,
And dying for your faith,
Is different from
Killing For Your Country
Killing For Your Faith
Is that what a grateful nation really asks, that young men and women should become killers for us? Is that what faith wants from young men and women, in every part of the world?
If this is the real request we make, I doubt it is one we should celebrate.
A request to go kill others, in place of those who issue that request, is not a request that young men and women should honor. It is not an honorable request.
Preparing oneself to enter danger and to be ready to die, to advance freedom, or the truth, is one thing.
Killing other people is quite another.
Our armies of tomorrow
Must be nonviolent.