Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. –H.L. Mencken

Eternal Missions

On this Armistice Day, a day which most certainly saw the veneration of soldiers in churches across the country, I’ll simply post this quote from Jean Lasserre.

Lasserre and Dietrich Bonhoeffer met at Union Theological Seminary in 1930 and became friends.

Lasserre influenced Bonhoeffer’s thinking about how a Christian should be involved with the state and its wars, and later wrote War and the Gospel.

Do we believe in the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, or do we believe in the eternal mission of France? One can’t be a Christian and a nationalist at the same time.
–Jean Lasserre

4 comments on “Eternal Missions

  1. Jason J
    November 13, 2012

    Did you see the article in today’s news journal about the story of Dwight Smith, Jr. He is a former soldier who was living in my neighborhood and just snapped one day. His account of what war did to his mind is just awful.|topnews|text|

    ” I have killed a lot of men and women and children. Some that didn’t even do anything for me to kill them. Also some that begged for mercy. I have a problem. I think I got addicted to killing people.”

    UGH.. just UGH!

    • Andy
      November 13, 2012

      Welcome, Jason.

      Thanks for the link.

      It’s telling that Kristof’s solution is just to “do a better job caring for soldiers scarred by war.” No mention of actually ending the wars.

      Ugh is right.

      • Jason J
        November 13, 2012

        Yeah, I didn’t see any real point to linking to Kristof’s story since he gets the fact right and still comes to the wrong conclusion. The NYT is THE establishment paper, so I wouldn’t expect them to come out against war.

        I guess he’s right that these folks do need better mental health care, but the best care of all is to not put them into the situation that makes them sick in the first place.

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