One undeniable lesson of history, as well as a lesson found in any individual’s own personal life, is that resisting evil acts by means of the same evil acts, more often than not, creates more, greater evil.
When I was a little boy one of the first things I was taught was that two wrongs do not make a right.
As for confused progressives, they exist, but are not the problem.
But then there are the countless confused Christians, proudly and passionately supporting war despite Matt. 5:39 from their own instruction book, which says,“But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil”. Some other similar quotes:
Matt. 7:5 “first cast out the beam out of thine own eye”,
Luke 6:28 “Bless them that curse you”,
and “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Matt. 5:9
And then there’s that pesky “new” commandment no one wants to deal with. It cancels the old law of “eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth” and replaces it with “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another”.
It should be admitted that the American wars are for the most part being run by professed Christians.
I know Scott Fitzgerald said that a first-rate intelligence could hold two opposing ideas at the same time and still retain the ability to function. To me, that just sounds like a lame rationalization. Also, Fitzgerald destroyed himself. He was dead, mostly from alcohol abuse, by age 44. So I don’t automatically take his advice.
I think that NORMAL, reasonably well-adjusted people become neurotic or worse when attempting one of these two-opposing-ideas situations; and that intelligence- “first-rate intelligence”- should dictate avoiding such a mental conflict whenever possible, instead of embracing it as some positive good.
What I mean is, Christians should decided whether they want peace or not, and if they do want it, they should stop doing the things which ensure peace will never come.
I don’t mean to pick on this religion but, on the side of the West, it is the main one without which there would be no American wars in the Middle East, so it matters.
I realize other religions are in the picture and realize that other religions have members that do just as horrible things to other people as Christians might do, or worse; but that brings us back to “two wrongs don’t make a right.”
If that old saying has ever been proved wrong someone should write about it.
I haven’t heard of any cases where it failed.