Onward (Literal) Christian Soldiers!December 05, 2005
Here's a scary site that mixes religion and violence: Force Ministries It is disturbing to see pictures of men in fatigues with guns drawn right next to Bible verses and talk about evangelism.
Recently I took to task the war rhetoric of a Baptist minister (For God's Sake Shut Up!: Onward Christian Soldiers!) This comment seem relevant here as well:
"If you have not seen it yet, check out the movie The Kingdom of Heaven. It offers some insights into the problems of the crusade mentality, and should disturb you (especially when, as the hymn states, the soldiers march into war with the cross of Jesus going on before)."
I wish we could somehow overcome this violent and militaristic language in the Christian community (though I'm not surprised that this fundamentalist group would take the words of the hymn literally!).
Thanks to the Dark Christianity blog for pointing out this scary site.