Cock an ear. Hear the faint blow of the far-off whistle. The era of American Christianity’s hijacking may be ending even while extremists lift their cries for guns’n guts. The train is beginning to chug once more.
The New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good posted a blog written by Jennifer D. Crumpton, who met several Iraqi and Afghan Muslims through Skype and then in person. The relationship forced her to see war’s consequences – and she compels us to do so in turn. All should read it and weep. Really. Honestly – even if we believe the Afghan war is necessary (few now argue for the “need” to invade Iraq). Remember that the original “just war” theorists argued reluctantly. Listen to Augustine: The “good ruler” must “begin by bewailing the necessity he is under of waging even just wars” (City of God, XIX, 7). Catholic social teaching holds that war is a “failure of peace” and labeled it a “scourge” (Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, 497).
Perhaps some will dismiss Crumpton as a “liberal” (whatever that means). She’s actually returning to the Church’s early teaching. Read the blog (The Salvation of Sleepless Nights). And weep.