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PEACE Is A Lie ...

Monday, Dec. 08, 2008 4:28 AM

There must be some point at which evangelical ministers get so far afield that they might as well be speaking in tongues.

To wit, Saddleback's Rick Warren, who appeared on FOX's Hannity & Colmes last week. When the subject of 'taking out' Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came up, Warren cited Romans 13:3-4.

"In fact, that is the legitimate role of government. The Bible says that God puts government on earth to punish evildoers. Not good-doers. Evildoers,"
Pastor Warren assured Hannity.

Except, as far as I can tell, the original King James Version uses the word rulers; the word government is from a 1995 revision of the Bible. So we're seeing that the Word of God inerrant is subject to change, after all.

Warren's answer doesn't account for other governments of whom we may not approve. Certainly, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is head of his own government, but I suppose we're to discount him because he doesn't believe in Christ Jesus. So let's cross off China and a bunch of other nations, as well.

What's left? Democratic Christian governments, filled with godly types who dispute the separation of church and state, answerable only to a deity that tells them, conveniently, what they want to hear, and never seems to counsel them to patience or wisdom?

And what, exactly, have we gotten from the fair-haired boy of the evangelical set? Two failed and incomplete wars. A recession. Corruption. Dishonesty. Torture.

This is what Paul had in mind when God spoke through him in his letters to the Romans? Really?

Perhaps more ironic is the fact that Warren admits his awarding George W. Bush the first-ever International Medal of PrEslAtpCftsEtng PEACE ... wasn't about peace in domestic or foreign policy.

How's that fit with that 'promoting reconciliation' part, again?

(And a no-prize for the person who figures out today's title reference ...)

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