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Who do we trust for our safety?

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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.

misplaced priorities

Whose priorities?:

Many people still fail to realize that  food security is intractably interwoven into our global security. A hungry world is an insecure world. Global security would be greatly enhanced by ensuring that hunger is eradicated in our lifetime.

The cost of ending hunger is actually almost insignificant. This is true when measured against just the military spending of the United States, not even factoring in the defense budgets of the other developed countries of the world.

Ending hunger should be a major strategy in achieving a safer and more secure world. It’s not as sexy as billion dollar bombers, but it is far more moral and a a hell of a lot more cost effective.

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How is this allowable in the richest, most affluent nation in the history of the world?

The United States spends more on our defense budget than the next five countries combined, but but we cannot insure that kids in our country go to bed with a full stomach. We should all be as angry as we are ashamed.

Am I the only one who feels we have our national priorities wrong?

We might be able to defend our borders and increase our military footprint around the globe, but it is obvious we cannot defend any claim to being moral, or to being just. Such claims are just as spurious as calling ourselves Christian.

There’s a big difference between being powerful and being good. It’s much like the difference between patriotism and faithfulness