When Mary and Joseph fled to protect the life of their son, Jesus, they became refugees. Unless I am sadly mistaken that makes Jesus a refugee.
How is it then that so many Evangelical Christians worship a refugee on Sunday, but despise refugees the rest of the week? Am I missing something here? Or, is there a true disconnect with what so many of us profess and what we really believe?
This wonderfully graphic cartoon illustrate the reality of the relationship between the NRA & gun lobby with our Congress. Just in case you’re confused, the John is on the bottom. The one getting paid, the pro, is on top.
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.
BLOTUS has reiterated on numerous occasions that he is smarter than our military leaders and the intelligence community. He routinely skips intelligence briefs designed to prepare him for protecting and guiding our country.
Confronted with the facts of Russian interference in our election process, he makes excuses and blames the Democratic National Party. When any nation interferes with the internal workings of another it is grounds for a severe reprisal, even war. Instead, Trump plays down the hacking and just says it didn’t affect the outcome.
That is not the issue. The real issue is that Trump can not see beyond his ego. As George Little has written, BLOTUS is playing a truly dangerous game. And what is at stake is the safety and security of our nation.
This has always been true. Now, however, it is becoming more critical than ever to both understand the importance of this, and to develop these assets to their fullest. Only by working together will we be able to make this world a place safe for all our human family.
The bottom line is the bottom line. There is no moral justification for this obscene amount of money being wasted by the United States on military spending.
Our country puts more money into military spending and defense than the next five countries combined. The $30 billion annually needed to end hunger could be taken out of this bloated military spending budget, and would achieve more global security than another bomber or two.
Not only would reducing our military spending and ending hunger make the world a far safer place. It might even make us all a little more human. And in the end, that’s a far better bottom line.