It didn’t help that I read Mark Kurlansky’s Nonviolence over the Memorial Day weekend. I recommend the book. Yes, some of you would slough it off as revisionist; I had that mindset for the first several pages. But he tells a compelling story of a different way to look at war and politics.
I was reminded of my understanding that we American Christians have too easily bought into Caesar’s justification of going to war. My heart broke yesterday as I thought about all of God’s people who have been lead by various means into the fighting of man’s wars.
My heart broke even more thinking of all the young men and women who enlist these days. Many believe the recruiters lying promises they won’t end up in Iraq. Many others simply feel they have no other realistic option.
Finally, I got to this point. We ought to offer some other options than joining the military. I’m not exactly sure who “we” are when I say this. I know there are things like the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps. I believe, however, that if we as followers of Jesus want to take Jesus’ actual way of living seriously, perhaps it is time for the Church to step up and offer some alternative to military.
I have no doubt that if we all tithed, there would be plenty of money to pay young people to serve others for a couple of years.