The Scripture tells us that our safety does not come from military power. The Old Testament is full of the prophets telling the people not to trust the weapons of war to protect them. There’s a clear message that hoping to find security through the military is a dangerous and false hope.
The Bible tells the people of faith that “our hope is in the name of our Lord, who made both heaven and earth.” It’s a message we desperately need to hear and to heed today.
We have the largest military budget the world has ever seen. No other country, no other 12 countries, spend as much on national defense as the United States. This is not just wrong. In a world where we have 20,000 of our human family dying daily from hunger and malnutrition, spending this amount on military defense is both abhorrent and morally repugnant.
We can end hunger in the next 15 years according to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. But we will never do it wasting hundreds of billions of dollars on wasteful, unnecessary, and sinful military spending. It’s time to trust in the Lord.
I may be a little fuzzy on my math, but I think I might have a difference of opinion about where the budget deficit comes from. With the US already having a military budget larger than the next 5 countries in the world combined we might be overspending in that department by a couple billion dollars or so…but that’s just my opinion.
Regardless of one’s political persuasion, this has to make sense. Bernie Sanders is right on this one.
The United States definitely has a critical role to play in the Middle East, but it is past time for Saudi Arabia and other pro-democracy countries in that region to start demonstrating their leadership (and their commitment) in the war against ISIS.
Our military budget is larger than the next five countries combined. Am I the only one who considers that excessive?
What does that say about our priorities? Surely, the military budget could be cut 10-20% without the world as we know it coming to an end. Those savings could then be invested in education and upkeep for our aging infrastructure.