Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Ron Paul's Israel Problem

Many Christians object to the fact that Ron Paul does not "support" Israel by giving them lots of money, and therefore will refuse to vote for him. Often, those same Christians are turned off by the fact that Dr. Paul wants to pull the troops from Iraq and bring them home. Why is that? Is supporting Israel and attacking its enemies the same as supporting God's "chosen people"? Chuck Baldwin makes the case in this article that Ron Paul's positions are the truly Christian ones:

If evangelical Christians are hesitant to support Ron Paul's candidacy for the Republican nomination for President, two reasons are usually proffered: he does not support Israel, and he wants to bring the troops home from Iraq.

Unfortunately, many (if not most) of today's evangelical Christians have bought into the whole neocon warmongering mentality. Somewhere along the way, evangelicals have forgotten the historic Christian understanding of "just war," not to mention our Savior's promise of divine blessing upon peacemakers. They have allowed President George W. Bush and his fellow warmongers to hijack the legitimate use of defensive war and turn it into a commitment to aggressive and preemptive war.

If the United States continues on its current path of aggressive, preemptive war, incessant nation-building, empire-building, and globalism, our country will collapse. If history teaches us anything, it teaches us that no super-power can long survive global warfare. The economic, moral, and spiritual strain on the nation would be more than it could long endure. In other words, Bush's war doctrine has put America on a crash course with disaster, and evangelicals are downright foolish to go along with it.

Read the rest of Chuck Baldwin's article

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