How do you solve a problem like ISIS?
How do you catch their leaders and drone them down?
ISIS –or ISIL— the terrorist group so ridiculously over-the-top and violent that you would think Ben Shapiro made them up, has people in a bit of a quandary. It would probably be in the world’s best interest if they were ‘degraded and destroyed‘ since they don’t bring anything to this party that we call “civilization.” Not even a veggie plate.
But the whole “Let’s invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity” thing got pretty played out during the Bush years, absolutely ruining it for future generations of patriots whose locus of hatred has shifted homeward as of late with a laser-like intensity upon unarmed black teenagers who are easier pickings. There are some holdouts, of course, like duck-murdering teen-bride-coveting Phil Robertson who sat down with thinkfluencer Sean Hannity and hashed it out the other night, so I guess we should be relieved to have some of our best people working on this.
As smart people like them work out the logistics of jumping back into the frying pan — by which I mean: sending other people to shock and awe the shit out of a country chock full o’ brown people again — other have taken up the really heavy lifting of explaining that the Power of Jesus compels us to match murderous rage with murderous rage (eye for an eye, y’all) and get in there and git-er done.
NRO scribbler David French — husband of the Nancy who translates la famiglia Palin’s glossolalia and teen speak into comforting word collections of banality — has a few thoughts about whether Jesus would be cool with bulk popping caps in some Muslim ass. Unsurprisingly, the answer is: sure, cuz the Bible tells me so.
Brother French, testify:
Even in the face of jihadist horror, it’s surprising how many Christians are deeply confused about issues of war and peace, with the root of the confusion embedded in the distinction between personal and governmental responsibilities. Admonitions to turn the other cheek, to love our enemies, and to repay good for evil are at core individual responsibilities — responsibilities that not only call on us to imitate Christ’s own example as he forgave his executioners in the midst of his own execution but also relieve us from the terrible and deadly burden of imposing individual justice.
But justice is still required. The instrument of that justice isn’t, for example, the Foley or Sotloff families — as it would have been in primitive societies — but rather our nation, bearing a sword of wrath and vengeance. Romans 12 and 13 show these shifting responsibilities beautifully.
Of course it does, because the Bible is a wondrous Rorschach of conflicting instructions and morality plays perfect for any occasion.
In this case Romans 12 tells us to not “pay evil with evil” but to “overcome it with good.” However Romans 13 is all, “the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.”
From this French concludes:
“…we are not commanded to make sure that others turn their cheeks. Indeed, compelling helplessness and vulnerability is a grave affront to a nation’s citizens. Pacifism — which is nothing more than compelled helplessness — is thus the worst possible response to attack, not just tactically and strategically stupid in secular terms but also a direct abdication of a sacred responsibility.”
To wrap this up in a convenient little homily: Individually we are supposed to be Jesus, Prince of Peace. Collectively, however, the Bible says that it is totally cool for us to become a berserker mob and “Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women.”
That’s in the Book of Conan 3:16.
You can look it up …. unless you’ve got one of those namby-pamby, what’s so funny about peace love and and understanding Bibles.
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