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Fight Right Friday

16 Apr

I’ve decided to devote Fridays to Fight Right days. If you know me personally, then you’ve probably been on the receiving end of  my love of debate at one time or another. Fewer endeavors get my blood churning and synapses firing like an intellectually challenging debate.

So, each Friday, I’ll introduce a topic and let you – my smart readers – hash it out. Remember, though, to Fight Right. That means no personal attacks. Keep your comments on the topic at hand.

This morning, as he finished up his English muffin and coffee routine, my husband (Charlie) was watching a recorded episode of Glenn Beck. Beck has been sharing his thoughts for how to take care of the deficit and get American spending under control. Charlie opined that we should close all military bases around the world, tell all the nations if they mess with us we’ll hammer them hard, and then bring all soldiers home. There was a reference to making Iran “glass”.

Which prompted the Christian in me to rise up. “Charlie, think about what you’re saying. There are innocent people in Iran who have no way to stop those in power. You’d take their lives, too? Engage in mass murder in an age when we have technology that allows us to target an individual home from miles and miles away? That’s not Christian.”

“Yeah, but this is government,” Charlie replied.

“You say, ‘government’ likes it’s some evil institution. Government is populated by people – some of them Christians, too. They don’t check their faith at the door of the Capitol.”

And we were off…

Which leads me to the question I’d like to ask you. If you are a Christian and an elected official, do you have a responsibility to exhibit Christian principles through your position? For instance, if a Senator has the opportunity to extend generosity and kindness, mercy and love to someone in a foreign nation and use the resources of his/her position (which could include American tax dollars), to do so…should he/she?

Charlie says the Senator can be a Christian all he wants but when he sits in his office at the Capitol, his responsibility is to the people who elected him and he has no business using American resources to aid non-American people.

I say a Christian’s responsibility is always, first and foremost, to serve God, and that this responsibility is to be carried out in the fulfilling of whatever duties are required of the position in which God has placed him. I also say a Christian has no border distinctions.

What say you?

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5 Comments

Posted by on April 16, 2010 in Fight Right Friday

 

5 responses to “Fight Right Friday

  1. Mark Hancock

    April 16, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I think I’ll stay out of this one!

     
    • rebecaseitz

      April 16, 2010 at 3:22 pm

      Aww, come on, Mark. What’s the fun in that? 😉

       
  2. Melissa Campbell

    April 16, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Very, very interesting question…I want to be sure to follow this one. Since I don’t know your husband (ha!) I’m going to side with you. I think that as a Christian, you *should* let your Christian ethics guide you. Do business men around the world have an awesome quiet time with the Lord, then go to work and leave Him in the kitchen? Probably many do, but for those who truly want to live out a Christian lifestyle, that means wherever you are. But I can see your husband’s side about using the American’s money for things that “America” does not want it spent on. Alas, it is an endless cirle.

     
  3. Hubby Charlie

    April 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    OK – gotta’ come to my own defense here. My exact comment regarding Iran was that if Iran develops and USES nuclear weapons, our proper response is to turn Tehran into a self-lighted glass parking lot. I never indicated that we should use our nuclear arsenal as an offensive weapon. The USA should never shoot first, but when we are forced into a fight we fight to win with all of the terrible implements of war at our disposal, including our multi-megaton thermonuclear missile systems. This may sound a bit like Hammurabi’s code, but it’s really a matter or survival. In the world of intercontinental ballistic missiles (and yes, Iran is working on those too and is frighteningly close), our ocean views don’t protect us like they did in the first half of the 20th century.

    We shouldn’t have to do this more than once before the rest of the thugs in the world get the idea that we’re serious – don’t mess with us or we “Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war” in the immortal words of Shakespeare.

    As for foreign aid – it has to go. We blow billions of dollars on foreign aid to nations that hate us in the vain hope that we can buy their friendship. We’re the world’s piggy bank and it has to stop. We simply can’t afford it. We also spend over $100billion on overseas military deployments, not counting Iraq and Afghanistan (that’s another $150billion). Western Europe and Japan don’t need protecting anymore – they can stand on their own just fine. South Korea can defend itself without us. Get our troops back here where they belong and you’ve cut 1/3 of the US defense budget. Revamp the way military procurement works (take it out of the hands of politicians) and you can save hundreds of billions more, and still be the biggest, baddest, most fearsome military machine on planet Earth. We could easily trim the defense budget from $771billion to $300billion and still be outspending every other nation in the world by 3x or more.

     
  4. Joe Stinson

    April 20, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s…

    As Christians, we are called to recognize the people in authority over us, as in fact they were placed there by God.

    The uniqueness of the American endeavour is that the government is truly in the hands of, and serves at the will of, the people. (Stop laughing and just hang with me for a minute…)

    America should be God’s finest hour-His greatest testimony that His creation, given free will, can and will choose to act in a manner that is glorifying to Him. America should be the fruit of everything that is right and good when God’s creation governs themselves in a manner that loves Him and puts Him first, and loves their fellow man as themselves. As such, our responsibilities are not only to other Americans-but to all of God’s creation.

    The main problem, I believe, is that too many Americans are simply along for the ride, staring out the window of life and complaining about where they are going. This country was designed to be driven by its countrymen, and unfortunately it seems too often that the only ones willing to grab the wheel are those who want to take us down a road that does not honor and glorify our Creator.

    That is our primary calling. If we fail to answer it, either as individuals or as a nation, we will fail.

     

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