Dangerous Dan Thoughts and musings on the world

11/30/2005

Wise as Serpents or Naive as Children?

Filed under: Society,World — Dangerous Dan @ 12:55 am

Matthew 10:16
"Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves."

Four members of a lefty group called Christian Peacemaker Teams were taken hostage in Iraq. I imagine their first thought was one of amazement that the people they're supposed to be helping would kidnap them. Unfortunately for them, their kidnappers don't give a damn. The four are Westerners (one American, one Briton, and two Canadians) and that's enough. They go out preaching peace and denouncing the "torture" committed by America while simultaneously declaring that the brutal men who bomb children, behead civilians, and threaten innocents are merely misunderstood or are pushed into their sadistic lifestyle by American actions. Even now their parent group has the following statement on their main page:

We are angry because what has happened to our teammates is the result of the actions of the U.S. and U.K. governments due to the illegal attack on Iraq and the continuing occupation and oppression of its people.

Fools. The Iraq war is merely an excuse for jihadis, a justification to others for actions they already thought were justified. These four could wind up with their heads lying atop their stomachs instead of their necks and it will not be because of America. It will be because they are from a decadent West and because they are Christian. To men who regularly murder Muslim Iraqis accused of being collaborators, being a Christian Westerner accused of being a spy is more than enough justification for killing. The kidnappers are infected with a violent permutation of a religion and they will not listen to reason; they have no use for it.

The fact that this group works for peace is, in and of itself, noble. They have, however, forgotten the first part of that verse up above. They are not wise as serpents, they are naïve as children. They traipse around a country ignorant of the sort of men who have sworn their destruction – ignorant of what they are, what they do, and why they do it. Jesus instructed His followers to be peaceful, but not to be stupid and not to be ignorant of the world around them. The CPT folks haven't succeeded in this. They don’t understand the nature of conflicts or of evil men and so their methods and policies are accordingly confused. Their lack of serpentine shrewdness makes them harmful to themselves and others, so they wind up failing the verse’s second component as well.

If the hostages are released, and I hope they are, I would like to think they will have learned something about evil.

But I wouldn't count on it.

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8 Comments »

  1. You Reap What You Sow

    I guess if they were in Iraq to investigate human rights violations they will now be getting a up close and personal look. These people CHOSE to go into Iraq. Not one dime should be paid by our forces to find and extract them. You reap what you sow…

    Trackback by Flopping Aces — 11/30/2005 @ 8:45 pm

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