"I do not know how others would advise the President theologically on these matters, but as a convinced Christian who has tried for 20 years to apply principles of evangelical faith to issues of human rights, here are three principles of a biblical worldview that seem applicable:
- The state has the authority to protect its citizens by detaining criminals and using force to restrain those who seek to destroy innocent life.
- All those whom the state detains retain the image of God and are due a standard of care required by God.
- Because the power of the state over detainees is exercised by fallen human beings, that power must be limited by clear boundaries, and individuals exercising such power must be transparently accountable. "
For the entire editorial, that appeared in Christianity Today October 17, 2005, follow this link.
It seems to me that too many American Christians have forfeited a Christian worldview for the sake of an American worldview. I do not understand how Christians can possibly support the Bush administration's tactics to treat the prisonors of this war as less-than-human (see Bush's continued insistance that he can use torture) and also not worthy of protections under the Geneva Conventions (see the recent rebuke from the Supreme Court).
Maybe these words from Haugen can get us thinking clearly again.
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