Now this is news. The Pope did a good job of representing the followers of Christ yesterday.He lamented the continual slaughter in Iraq , and made an impassioned plea for world peace. A few months ago he pointed out the particularly violent teachings of Islam, and even though he was pressured into apologizing for that, I’m beginning to like this Pope. Now if he were only to let his clergy marry, encourage birth control (espcially in 3rd world countries), and take a neutral stance on abortion, I may consider the eucharist.Well, okay. I still wouldn’t. But it would be nice.Back to the point: this represents a sea change in the world’s demeanor toward Iraq. When the Pope speaks, all of Catholicism listens, and that equates to a good chunk of the world who will now be obliged to take a stand against Iraq.
So now the Pope is implying that God is against the war in Iraq. Shiites in Iraq are protesting us this very minute , are saying God is against us. (These are the people, by the way, who were oppressed by Hussein’s Sunni faction that we overthrew.) The God of the Sunnis is against us–that’s a given. I wonder if we can get the millions of Hindu gods to chime in on the subject? Then we would have most of the bases covered.
Yet many American Christians are holding fast to the teachings of George W. Bush, who claims God is on our side. (Note to self: I wonder if any nation followed a man who said, “God is not on our side”?) His stance has no visible means of Biblical support, but Christians eat it up like it’s a communion wafer.
It makes me sad that such clear ethical questions must result in a religious showdown, but I fear that GWB is outgunned. As the Pope goes, so goes the West. I don’t believe in a God who takes sides in wars, but if that’s what it takes to end the continual slaughter in Iraq, I’ll take it.