Written by Peter Johnston
Tuesday, 28 October 2008 20:24
With reference to the previous posts about the Myth of Redemptive Violence and Jesus and Violence, I read a speech from John McCain, a US presidential candidate, given today which ended with these words:
I'm an American. And I choose to fight. Don't give up hope. Be strong. Have courage. And fight. Fight for a new direction for our country. Fight for what's right for America.
Fight to clean up the mess of corruption, infighting and selfishness in Washington.
Fight to get our economy out of the ditch and back in the lead.
Fight for the ideals and character of a free people.
Fight for our children's future.
Fight for justice and opportunity for all.
Stand up to defend our country from its enemies.
Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight. America is worth fighting for. Nothing is inevitable here. We never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history. Now, let's go win this election and get this country moving again.
I agree with him that we should be striving to do better on most of these points, but isn't it interesting that the image he uses is of fighting? Always the violence, always the fighting. Thank God for Jesus showing us a different way.