Quotable Quotes-Jesus for President

25 Mar

Jesus for President-Shane Claiborne
Section III: When the Empire Got Baptized pIII


To find Christianity at its best, and the church alive, we need only look to the areas where it is persecuted and peculiar. It’s hard to walk away with any other conclusion but that the best way to defeat the kingdom of God is to empower the church to rule the world with the sword, for then it becomes the beast it wishes to destroy.

“We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren’t punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That’s war. And this is war.”-Ann Coulter


“You’ve go to kill the terrorists before the killing stops. And I’m for the President to chase them all over the world. If it takes ten years, blow them all away in the name of the Lord.”-Jerry Falwell (side note: Falwell is now dead. Sad to say but this is probably a good thing for the church)

“The ethic of conservation is the explicit abnegation of man’s dominion over the Earth. The lower species are here for our use. God said so: Go forth, be fruitful, multiply, and rape the plante – it’s yours. That’s our job: drilling, mining, and stripping. Sweaters are the antibiblical view. Big gas-guzzling cars with phones and CD players and wet bars – that’s the biblical view.”-Ann Coulter

“You can no more have a Christian worldly government than you can have a Christian petunia or aardvark.”-Greg Boyd, Myth of a Christian Nation

“The government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”-John Adams

Among the myriad critics of this global-dominance project was Martin Luther King Jr., who initially aimed at race and class issues but later voiced criticism of the US as an imperialistic “policeman of the whole world.”p179

The Stars and Stripes fly over more than seven hundred military stations in more than one hundred countries all around the globe…it participated in an escalated the most belligerent and out-of-control weapons race ever known to humanity: the stockpiling of tens of thousands of nuclear weapons…The US is arming over 75 percent of the world, while it tells folks to disarm, which is like handing out guns to kids in our neighborhood and telling them not to shoot each other.p179-180

“Einstein, who repented of making these weapons, said, “We scientist, whose tragic destiny it has been to help make the methods of annihilation ever more gruesome and more effective, must consider it our solemn and transcendent duty to do all in our power in preventing these weapons from being used….What task could possibly be more important to us?”-Donald W. Clark, Einstein: The Life and Times

Fortunately, more and more Bible literate Christians are deeply disturbed by the skewed theology of empire. It is becoming more and more clear that the Pax Americana is not helping the world get any closer to understanding the crucified Christ and his gospel of grace.”p182

Tacitus said that people “feared the peace of Rome”, because streams of blood and tears of unimaginable proportions followed in the “peace.”p183

“We are dying and killing for abstract nouns like freedom and democracy…but this is not the gospel of Jesus Christ.”-Letter from a US soldier in Iraq

“Over 50 percent of the Roman budget went towards the Roman military. Of each dollar paid in taxes, 36 cents goes toward the military of the united States.”-John Dominic Crosson

It was once said, if you want to know your idols, consider what you are willing to kill for.p185

“Hey, Uncle Sam put your name at the top of his list,
And the Statue of Liberty started shaking her fist.
And the eagle will fly and it’s gonna be hell,
When you hear Mother Freedom start ringing her bell.”-Toby Keith, Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue”


One Response to “Quotable Quotes-Jesus for President”

  1. Joey March 27, 2008 at 8:23 am #

    I checked out the link to the Claiborne/Colson debate on Bonhoeffer trying to assassinate Hitler. “When the bomb went off, the cross lost.” That was a great line.

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