Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.Matthew 5:9
The unsurprising testimony from the President's general has freshly focused media attention on the question of how long to stay in Iraq. I don't believe Petraeus. When I watched Colin Powell lie to the U.N. to get us into Iraq, I stopped believing in the professional apolitical truth teller. I think we're staying in Iraq so that the President doesn't need to face the full impact of his wicked war.
I didn't write that to convince you; I wrote that because it is important background to discussing the Churh's role in all of this. Almost nothing in the previous paragraph is a manifestation of my Christian values. So, what should the Church say about this war?
Using the pattern from my post on Monday, the Church should promote Christian values. And I started this post with the Christian value we should promote. However, in Iraq, promoting peace may not mean ending the occupation. Making peace may mean staying there for the thirty years President Bush has suggested in his Korea comparisons.
I think if the Church was doing its job, at a minimum Christians everywhere and at best people everywhere, would be evaluating our moves in Iraq against the value I started with. Will this policy make peace?