Take A Stand Ministries mightily says “In an interview discussing their 2009 book, Jesus Wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile, Bell and co-author Don Golden say that the Church in America is in exile today. Bell and Golden say that by participating in our culture (they call America an “empire”) and by supporting our government/military system and by using oil, we are “oppressors” and create suffering for others.” TSM strategically & mightily disarms Bell mightily be stating “They conveniently ignore the fact that America, in particular the Christians in her, have done more to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ than any other nation in history – hands down! But in emergent/leftist thought, anything smelling like capitalism must be shunned (except for enjoying the many benefits life in the USA offers). This is nothing less than 1960’s, counter-culture, hippie liberalism now being referred to as “Evangelical Christianity!” Take that Rob Bell!
Why would Rob Bell even suggest such an afront to OUR patriotism, nationalism and not turn a blind eye like a good true Christian?
We know that empires intervene, control, use power to coerce & bully smaller nations (this is fair if you are a US Citizen). We know the USA would never do that, but rather spends all its military budget spreading the ‘gospel.’…which every other countries wants too!
But what kind of gospel does the USA spread?
The true gospel of capitalism (covetousness/greed), freedom (if you accept being invaded, shot, or bombed into submission as freedom) and democracy (which is freely enforced once it is imposed) Its great too that the media conglomerates that are owned by defence contractors tells us that other countries either really want this ‘gospel’ so bad that they are willing to be bombed and shot at, or pesky and annoying and ignorant villagers fight back (how dare they!!!) They simply need to be educated that they are getting the ‘gospel.’
Here is Eric Barger’s Take A Stand’s example of non-empire-building-non-oppressive-military manoeuvres of friendlyness that apparently don’t cause oppression or suffering:
Hawaii 1893 (?)
Philippines 1898-1910 (?)
Cuba 1898-1902 (?)
Puerto Rico 1898 (?)
Guam 1898 (?)
Dominican Republic 1903-04
Dominican Republic 1916-24
El Salvador 1932
Puerto Rico 1950
Dominican Republic 1965-66
El Salvador 1981-82
Bosnia 1993 (?)
Remember, these were non-oppressive. These nations probably wanted undesirables killed, their leaders assassinated , their resources plundered, their governments sent into chaos because they too wanted freedom (at the end of a barrel) or badly needed to have a dictator propped up to run their country. Thank goodness we have ONE shining beacon of capitalism, freedom and democracy to lead the nations!
Truthslayer…proudly supporting empires and their freedom loving spirit!