When we ponder the wisdom of Christianity gone militant and triumphant, we need only to look on the ruins of Christendom in the regions where Christians ruled by the sword. Look at Europe– England, Sweden, Denmark, perhaps post-Christian USA in a few years. To find Christianity at its best, and the church alive, we need only look to the areas where it is persecuted and peculiar. It’s hard to walk away with any other conclusion but that the best way to defeat the kingdom of God is to empower the church to rule the world with the sword, for then it becomes the beast it wishes to destroy.
What good is it to gain the whole world but lose your soul?
Caesar seemed to be able to do anything in the world. But Caesar could not wash feet.
– Jesus For President, pg. 177, Shane Clairborne
“We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren’t punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That’s war. And this is war.”
– Ann Coulter, National Review (September 13, 2001)
“You’ve got to kill the terrorists before the killing stops. And I’m for the President to chase them all over the world. If it takes ten years, blow them all away in the name of the Lord.”
– Jerry Falwell
“We have the ability to take [Hugo Chavez] out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability.”
– Pat Robertson, The 700 Club (August 22, 2005)
“The ethic of conservation is the explicit abnegation of man’s dominion over the Earth. The lower species are here for our use. God said so: Go forth, be fruitful, multiply, and rape the planet — it’s yours. That’s our job: drilling, mining and stripping. Sweaters are the anti-Biblical view. Big gas-guzzling cars with phones and CD players and wet bars — that’s the Biblical view.”
– Ann Coulter, Oil good; democrats bad (October 12, 2000)
“We cannot know all that lies ahead. Yet, we do know that God has placed us together in this moment, to grieve together, to stand together, to serve each other and our country. And the duty we have been given — defending America and our freedom — is also a privilege we share.
We’re prepared for this journey. And our prayer tonight is that God will see us through, and keep us worthy.
Tomorrow is September the 12th. A milestone is passed, and a mission goes on. Be confident. Our country is strong. And our cause is even larger than our country. Ours is the cause of human dignity; freedom guided by conscience and guarded by peace. This ideal of America is the hope of all mankind. That hope drew millions to this harbor. That hope still lights our way. And the light shines in the darkness. And the darkness will not overcome it.”
– George W. Bush, Remarks To The Nation, Ellis Island, 2002
“There’s power, wonder-working power, in the goodness and idealism and faith of the American people.”
– George W. Bush, 2003 State of the Union Address
“This country is still the last best hope on earth.”
– Barack Obama, The Late Show with David Letterman (April 9, 2007)
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel–which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ” (Galatians 1:6-7).