Friday, December 24, 2010
Jesus, DADT and "Christian" Exodus from Military
Here on Christmas eve, some thoughts from this former Christian. I fell from the faith in 1964 at age 16 under the influence of Ayn Rand, the Beatles and my own spring breeze-inspired mystical experience of the unity of all reality. My opinion of the true Christianity is that based on the Sermon on the Mount - not on the Revelation of John (which John still unknown) on the Isle of Patmos who wrote (or has been interpreted as having written) that Armageddon must start in the Middle East in order to hasten the End Time, the return of Christ, and the death and/or damnation of all Jews and gentiles who don't convert Christianity. Those who emphasize Revelation are really John-ists. And that is just what most Evangelical Christians are. John, not Jesus, is their Christ.
Evangelical Christians joined the military en masse during the presidency of evangelical George W. Bush, and were promoted to higher and higher positions in the military. A lot of them really were itching to go on a crusade against infidel Islamists - great way to start Armageddon, since Muslims surround Israel.
Has the end of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" in the military saved us from these people? According to Senator John McCain, conservative Christian ministers and others the recent declaration that homosexuals need not hide their sexual preferences any more means that many Christians may leave the military as soon as they can, or refuse to enlist in the first place.
Good riddance! That's one way to shrink our the U.S. Empire's military! And I bet the real Jesus, and all his manly disciples, would say the same thing! The U.S. is the new Rome, after all. But going broke a lot faster than the Roman Empire which last 500 years. The U.S. Empire is on the way down after only 65 years. I give it another five to ten.
Now if only we knew Jesus REAL birthday so Christians could celebrate it then, instead of co-opting the solstice holidays!