Monday, January 18, 2010

Shooting People For Jesus

US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are shooting people with rifles that have verses of scripture inscribed on the scope. This isn't the first I've heard of such things. Soldiers often name their guns, their trucks and their tanks after characters or elements in the Bible. I've seen photos of tank shells with biblical quotes painted on the outside.

I shouldn't be surprised, but this stuff just hits me like a kick to the ribs. It sends me spinning off into depression to realize how many people calling themselves Christians are full of violence and proud of it. We are never going to be satisfied that Christ has been crucified enough. We keep putting him up there over and over and it is disgusting.

The verse on the rifle pictured above?
When Jesus spoke again to the people he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life."


Jodie said...

I think it is just a perverse sense of humor.

I have seen some versions of the CIA logo that say "ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free".

It does seem to invite a lightning bolt. At least bad karma.

Josh said...

Ugh. Ugly stuff.

John said...

I share your depression and disgust.

+ Love + John A Wilde + Whitesboro NY + + "Why 99, you know we have to murder and kill and destroy in order to preserve everything that's good in the world." --Maxwell Smart to Agent 99

Dale said...

Probably a double meaning - that scope uses ambient light (of the world) to illuminate it's reticle. Illuminated reticles are more easily seen in darker conditions, reducing the odds of an errant shot. You might consider it to be the light that gives one the ability to not walk (and aim) in darkness.

Are we also offended by military chaplains?