Other speakers include Glenn Stassen of Fuller Seminary and David Gushee of Mercer College, both of whom have become largely functional pacifists, unable to identify any clear situation that clearly attains Christian Just War standards. Both outspokenly opposed U.S. “torture” after 9-11, with a very wide definition of what qualifies as “torture.” And both have largely opposed nearly all U.S. national security responses to 9-11.
Also involved in Gushee’s anti-“torture” group was the above quoted event co-sponsor Rick Love, whose endorsement cites a colleague’s appeal that “evangelical, Bible-believing Christians [should] be the least supportive of going to war, rather than the most supportive.” But shouldn’t the right response depend on the situation? Traditional Just War teaching, contrary to modern interpretations that it endeavors only to restrict war, at times compels war as a matter of intrinsic justice. Should ostensibly righteous people remain peaceful if confronted by mass murder, extreme tyranny, or flagrant aggression? The traditional Christian answer is “no.”
Rick Love explains that “Jesus deserves our ultimate allegiance,” and he merely wants to be a “faithful follower of Jesus…in the public sphere.” The official summit invite asks: “As a follower of the Prince of Peace, are you trying to discern how you should respond to war, terrorism and national security? The clear implication is that most evangelicals have not successfully upheld Jesus while waving the flag for America.
Besides Love’s group, other sponsors include Wallis’ Sojourners, the also pacifist Evangelicals for Social Action, the leftist New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, and the World Evangelical Alliance, which professes to represent 600 million evangelicals globally.
Maybe this evangelical peace summit will surprisingly include strong voices that robustly challenge the Evangelical Left’s too often pat appeals to pacifism. A couple persons on the agenda offer that possibility. But the chief direction seems to be the attempted emasculation of evangelical support for a just and decent world that desperately requires American strategic strength.
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