It’s hard when someone you respect says or writes something that you feel is beneath them.  You ask yourself; ‘Why did they say that?  They know better!’  Then your mind moves towards darker reasoning; ‘If they know better and they said it, what is their purpose? Is it to shock and get more people to read their stuff?  Or do they think that their readers don’t know any better so they can go ahead and build their argument on the sand of ignorance because it sells! ‘  Half truths always leave you in a dark place.

Chris Hedges writes; “The Christian religion embraces the concept of ‘holy war’ as fanatically as Islam does.” This is half true but not all true.  The part that is left out makes the statement the worst kind of lie. It leads you think that the holy war that Christianity embraces is the same kind of war that  supposedly is embraced by Islam. It leads you to think that Islam embraces ‘holy war’ and that is a statement I wouldn’t  care to make given that I am not Islamic.  Let the Muslim people speak for themselves.

Let’s take a look at the context of Chris Hedges statement;

The Christian religion embraces the concept of “holy war” as fanatically as Islam does. Our Crusades are matched by the concept of jihad. Once religion is used to sanctify murder there are no rules. It is a battle between light and dark, good and evil, Satan and God. Rational discourse is banished. And “the sleep of reason,” as Goya said, “brings forth monsters.”

Chris Hedges, We All Are Islamic State,,  Mar 27, 2016

Yes, Christians believe we are in a ‘holy war’.  And no, this belief does not sanctify murder. The Bible tells us;

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:10-12)

We Christians do believe we are in a pitched battle against spiritual evil in the world.  But our battle is NOT against flesh and blood enemies.  In dealing with ‘flesh and blood’ people who may not think or act as we do, Jesus was very clear about the ‘rules of engagement’;

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; (Matthew 5:43-45)

What weapons do Christians fight with?  Guns? Knives? Swords? Bombs? Fighter jets?  The Bible tells us;

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)

The greatest battles we fight are in our own minds, pulling down the very strongholds half-truths establish in us.  Revenge is only an option when we have become completely obedient to the commands of Jesus Christ.

And here is our permitted ‘revenge’:

Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:19-21)

What is irrational about this discourse?  What monster is brought forth from the pages of the Holy Bible. Radicalized Christianity is to follow Jesus into the very place that Chris Hedges says is reviled by Christians who embrace the concept of ‘holy war’.

“‘It is better to suffer certain injustices than to commit them,’ Albert Camus, like Immanuel Kant, understood. But the politicians, pundits and mass culture dismiss such wisdom as weakness.”

Chris Hedges, you know better, why do you only tell the half truth about the radicalized Christian’s holy war?