Thoughts About Tanks at Church

There is no shortage of jokes with Kentucky at the butt-end, like the one which says in Kentucky a toothbrush really is just that—a tooth brush (because keeping a single tooth is an accomplishment).  Speaking of accomplishments, most Kentuckians consider reaching high school or buying a pair of shoes to be activities of the “upper crust.” — You get the picture.

But even by Kentucky standards, my neighbor is a little backward.  (Backward is not a bad word in Kentucky.  Parents use it to describe their shy children.  It just means they are noticeably shy or to themselves.)  My neighbor keeps to himself.  Yet, he is very noticeable for his hobby.  He has a hobby that draws attention to his place like no other hobby I could imagine.

My neighbor collects army tanks and artillery.  I have grown accustomed to seeing tank turrets swing around in the direction of my garage.  I’ve also posted a couple of FB pictures recently of the tanks in use at our church’s VBS this year.  Realizing that it is somewhat unusual for a church to sport machine guns, tanks, and troop carriers, I asked my neighbor what he thought about it.  His answer reminded me of why I love the backward and backwoods people of Kentucky.

When asked about artillery at church, my neighbor replied that it made perfectly good sense to him because the church still understands there is such a thing as evil, and evil must be confronted.  In fact, his exact words were, “Corralling people like animals and shoving them into ovens is not a misunderstanding. It is evil.”  He is right about that.  It is also evil to strap bombs to people and blow them up while they are at pizza parlors, subway stations, wedding parties, and public transit.

The tragedy of the situation is that in America he cannot any longer display his tanks or share his message in public schools.  My neighbor spoke of years gone by with a lost fondness in the face of a new reality which rejects his message now.  He is not welcome at the public schools—for the protection of the children.  He says parents and administrators are not interested in such a “controversial” message.  In his words, the prevailing attitude is that the enemy is not evil, just misunderstood.  Therapy is now the weapon of choice, not tanks.

Yet, the truth is a stubborn thing, and it will continue to challenge our false assumptions.  Case in point?  Major Hasan of Ft. Hood, Texas.  He was a therapist.  Yet, he was also a Muslim sworn to jihad against the army which employed him.  The army sought to placate and appease him.  He sought to kill American soldiers.  Therapy did not work with Major Hasan.  He needed to be confronted long before he murdered our military personnel.

In a strangely ironic way, we might actually agree that the enemy is misunderstood.  We think our enemies need empathy and understanding—but that is a misunderstanding.  They need to be called evil and confronted.  Otherwise, they will feel justified (as Major Hasan did) in executing justice from their perverted view of reality, thereby killing us in cafes and on buses.

At the end of the day, I’ll take the mocking for being a Kentuckian.  As a matter of fact, I am a Kentuckian of the worst kind: A Bullitt County, Kentuckian.  And I can rest comfortably at night because I know that my neighbor’s got my back if worse comes to worse.  In a real world with real evil at work in it, give me tanks and the common sense ways of Kentucky.

Crusades Not Jihad

The persecution blog posted a nice consideration of the distinctions between Islamic jihad and the Crusades. I have included the following paragraph to give you an idea of the thrust of the post:

Nor were the Crusades “thoughtless explosions of barbarism,” as Riley-Smith accurately characterizes their reputation today. They had a sophisticated underlying rationale, elaborated theologically by Christian nations threatened by Muslim invaders who had managed to reach into the heart of Europe — from central France in the eighth century to Vienna in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. They were a response to the desecration of Christian shrines in the Holy Land, the destruction of churches there and the general persecution of Christians in the Near East. A Crusade had to fulfill strict criteria for the Church to consider it legitimate and just. It had to be waged for purposes of repelling violence or injury, with the goal of imposing justice on wrongdoers. A Crusade was not to be a war of conversion but rather a rightful attempt to recover unjustly seized Christian territory. And only a recognized church authority like the pope could call for one.

Officially Insane

You will not believe this story.  We have officially embraced insanity in an effort to be tolerant of Islam.  The Apostle Paul speaks of the foolish heart being darkened by sin and thus unable to recognize any longer realities which once were patently obvious.  This story is an illustration of just such a mental and moral debacle among European elites.  The story is about a female journalist writing a sympathetic piece on Jihadists in Afghanistan.  It turns out, she was raped repeatedly over an extended period of time.  However, she insists the Jihadists respected her.  She is angry at the government for not paying their ransom.  The government is angry at Geert Wilders for implying [?] that the Jihadists are violent monsters.  Read the entire crazy affair here.

To keep up with Geert Wilders, see here.