I want everyone to say a prayer for this entirely misguided Christian Peacemaker Teams group, not just the four individuals who were kidnapped in Iraq. Miriam from Iraq gives a moving prayer for them, and a plea to their captors, on her PEARLS OF IRAQ blog. (Hat tip to Rosemary) I'm talking about all of the members of this group, after reading this report:
In a statement, Christian Peacemaker Teams said it strongly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq and blamed the kidnapping on coalition forces.
"We are angry because what has happened to our teammates is the result of the actions of the U.S. and U.K. government due to the illegal attack on Iraq and the continuing occupation and oppression of its people," the group said.
The group's first activists went to Iraq in 2002, six months before the U.S.-led invasion, Phillips said, adding that a main mission since the invasion has been documenting alleged human rights abuses by U.S. forces.
I respect some Christians that oppose all war. However, when a group subverts Christian morality to shift blame from the actual terrorists to the US and UK governments for this act, I must speak out. Before I hear another talking head say "would Jesus have invaded Iraq", I have to say "would Jesus take hostages, and threaten to kill them"? How dare they assume to know which is the moral cause, and defend people who might kill their comrades for their very belief in Christ?
A true Christian forgives Pres. Bush for the innocents that have died in these wars. Bush is a liberator of millions of oppressed, while being accused of killing thousands of innocents. He made an unprecedented effort to minimize civillian casualties, and has prosecuted all cases of abuse. Don't the hundreds of thousands killed and tortured under Saddam count as much as the thousands being killed by the terrorists today? The fact that Saddam's Fedayin used women and children as human shields seems to have slipped by this group's Christian moral compass, as well.
Regime change in Iraq was a moral judgement, made years ago by a Democrat President and a Republican Congress. Going in was a moral imperative after 9/11, because of the depths of the global foe we all face, whether Christian, Jewish, or Muslim. Someone has to kill the terrorists, or they will kill us, including Christians who sympathize with them.
"Forgive them, Lord, for they know not what they do". Those words can apply to the CPT, Pres. Bush, or the terrorists, depending on one's point of view. This is why I want you to pray for all of the misguided members of this Christian group, especially the four held hostage in Iraq. If the terrorists that took them are not closely affiliated with Al Queda in Iraq, then there is a higher probability they will be released for a ransom. This is all just my point of view, of course.