Prov.6: 16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
We as believers are bound to oppose the killing of innocent people. Of course there is a discussion about all killing, but this post is not about that. Among other things, this is why we as believers are against abortion. We are against killing the innocent. And even though our calling must always be the gospel of redemption, sometimes our view of things within the culture helps to let people understand that we now see all things differently because of Jesus.
The United States does not speak or act on my behalf. I am a citizen of heaven and God’s Word speaks for me. But the United States is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with as it pertains to drones. A drone is an unmanned airplane which can do surveillance and then drop bombs. Now I would like to reveal something to you.
Drones have killed thousands of innocent lives because of “collateral damage”. That means that when the military believes a terrorist is living in a certain neighborhood they drop a bomb on the house they believe he is in. They hope to kill only him, but that rarely happens. Innocent people usually die including women and children sometimes.
What level of intelligence is the threshold for giving the go ahead for a drone strike? Is it fairly sure, very sure, almost positive, or perhaps? And if we are almost positive that a terrorist is in a certain house, and if we drop a drone bomb on that house, and if the terrorist is killed along with other innocent people, does that cause us such concern that we abandon the practice? Obviously we still are dropping drone bombs so the killing of innocent people has not been an obstacle that would stop us.
Now here is my question: If we received intelligence that a terrorist had been smuggled into the United States, and if we received positive information that he was hiding in a house in a neighborhood in Chicago, would it be alright to drop a drone bomb in that neighborhood? Why not? The answer is because we would be risking the lives of innocent American citizens. Now what does that tell you, class?
That openly reveals that Americans feel their lives are worth more than say Pakistani or Afghani lives, or if we are honest, any other lives that are not American. But the pertinent question for followers of Jesus is this: Is that the way and heart of Jesus? You see, even though no one can be saved except through faith in Jesus Christ, sometimes what we as His followers believe makes a difference. To the world it sometimes accentuates our differences and hopefully makes men curious as to why.
But obviously the problem is that we have too many who claim to follow Jesus but who in practice follow George Washington.