John Whitehead, founder of the Rutherford Institute, criticizes Christian support of Bush’s War. This infuriates Mark Tooley, head of United Methodist Action at the Institute for Religion and Democracy.
… Whitehead’s political musings reveal a neo-Mennonite separatism that is faddish in some evangelical left circles. They excoriate other non-pacifist Christians as sell-outs to the “empire” and potentially “fascist.” Centuries of Christian teachings about the state’s proper use of force are jettisoned as “Constantinian.” The end result is often an intemperate mishmash of 1960’s left-wing jargon and Anabaptist self-righteousness.
And an irrational contempt for the United States as a nation.
Puzzling. Why should a Christian react this way to another Christian’s citing of Jesus’ teachings on non-violence?
As to being “Anabaptist”–Whitehead should consider it an honor. During the Reformation period, when Catholics, Lutherans, and Reformed blessed and sanctified the sacred shedding each other’s blood, only the Anabaptists consistently followed the example of Jesus of turning the other cheek.