Some Folks Like Sacraments Better Than Memorials, Because Sacraments Can Kill You but Memorials Can’t
when we deny that each atom of the bread
contains God completely,
the priests explain that it makes no difference
what those sectarians think is happening
because history tells us, the tradition,
the story that works
(not for the sectarians ,we killed them)
that Christ is fully present in the bread
the chaplains defend the narrative
thank god this day for constantine
and all those who make it possible for us to worship
in liberty and peace
grateful to those in the military
the service men and women, the heroes,
the killers who stand between us
and the chaos of apocalypse and liberalism
thankful we do not have to face revelations
the soldiers are cheap, their lives also,
they kill for us so that we don’t have to
the priests cost more but they assure us
this is not nostalgia for the past,
the sacrament is liminal
here where now is and no there or no then
We have paid the priests to tell us about the one church
for all times and all places,.
to tell us that sectarians are atheists posing as protestants
Leithart (page 333): “The Creator made man to participate in and prosecute His wars.” Of course Leithart is not only describing what God has predestined; his concern is ethics. Mine two.
Either Leithart is right or we pacifists are right. According to Leithart, Adam’s problem was that he was a pacifist in regard to Satan. If Leithart is right, as we get to newer covenants (or, “newer administrations of the one covenant”, as the ideology likes to say it), then the newer the covenant, the more responsibility all of us have to kill for the sake of the covenant.
And thus Leithart contextualizes Jesus, so that His dying at the cross (rather than killing) is particular, specific, and unique, and not an example for anybody.
I remember the old days when theonomists mocked Ron Sider for his leading questions: is God a Marxist? Ron never said God was, but he kinda implied it. And so today, the theonomists ask the leading question: is turning the other cheek a rebuke of self defense or the defense of others?
How could we possibly think that what Jesus said in the Sermon was for all Christians in all places and for all times? We know that church history is not an empty parenthesis, and we know that Augustine was a Christian, and thus we know that Augustine’s version of Just war was also the politics of Jesus.