I'm still not sure whether I believe that the destruction and judgment will be limited to that city alone.In my opinion, the refusal to see America's guilt and the interpretation that Rome is the big culprit is justanother pitiful case of wishful thinking and self-deception.There was a time when I tended to see the Babylon of Revelation as a solely
entity, which is thecurrent doctrine of my ownfaith community(so please, don't blame them for my anti-U.S. rantings), althoughnearly 40 years agoour founder taught without hesitation thatBabylon was America.That was during the
Vietnam era, and our group's nickname for Nixon was "Nitler." Well, we all know now that indeed a lot worsecould befall the world than Nixon and Watergate. You'll definitely find more parallels drawn by Americansbetween Hitler and Bush.But you can't really destroy a spiritual entity with fire, and not within 60 minutes. You can't see the smoke of a spiritual entity burning and sailors standing from afar bewailing it. It must be a physical place thatRevelation 17 and 18 is talking about. And I simply believe that there is a greater sin to be judged here thanthe sins of the Catholic Church. A sin which has finally been publicly addressed in a book by onecourageous Christian writer who must have found one other courageous publisher, unless he published ithimself.Ladies and gentlemen, let me humbly present to you my hero of the day, Lawrence M. Vance,in his own
historic words from hisexcellent book I honestly urge you to buy, (because if you don't, who will?):
"Christians who condone the warfare state and its nebulous crusades against 'evil' have beenduped. There is nothing 'Christian' about the state's aggressive militarism, its senseless wars, itsinterventions into the affairs of other countries, and its expanding empire.
'The chief wonder is that Christians, followers of the Prince of Peace, should have concurred inthis mad idolatry of strife, and thus been inconsistent not only with themselves, but with the very genius of their system.' The fact that a government claims a war is just is irrelevant, for American history is replete withexamples of American presidents who have exaggerated, misinformed, misrepresented, and lied to deceive the American people into supporting wars that they would not have supported if they had known the facts.Many supporters of the senseless war in Iraq are high on religion. Add a religious element to awar and the faithful will come out in droves in support of it. In the case of the current war in Iraqthis is easy to do. Because the United States is supposedly a 'Christian nation,' the war can beturned into a modern-day crusade since Iraq is a 'Muslim' nation."Christian warmongers … would rather be associated with Bush and the war than with peoplewhom they and others have deemed undesirable. In actuality, however, they are choosing to beassociated with a war criminal and murder than with the truth just because some people who areusually wrong happen to be right on this particular issue.Rather than receiving a proclamation of liberty, what many people in foreign countries receiveinstead are threats, bombs, and bullets.
From a Christian perspective there is only one way to describe U.S. foreign policy: It is evil. It wasevil before the United States invaded Iraq, and it would still be evil if the United States withdrew all of its forces from Iraq tomorrow. It is because of our foreign policy that the U.S. military hasbecome—through its wars, interventions, and occupations—the greatest force for evil in theworld. U.S. foreign policy sows discord among nations, stirs up strife where none existed,intensifies the hatred that many foreigners around the world have for Americans and each other,and creates terrorists faster than we can kill them.Is asking God to bless and protect the troops as they shoot, bomb, maim, mine, destroy,'interrogate,' and kill for a rogue state with an evil foreign policy consistent with the Christianity you find in the New Testament?"