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December 2004, Volume 12 Nr. 4, Issue 139

Dear George: Read The Sermon on the Mount

Jozef Hand-Boniakowski

As we enter the season of the year when a large portion of humanity, for lack of archaeological precedent, sets aside time in December to celebrate Jesus' birthday, I'd like to share with you a few thoughts.  If you and your country would only spend a small fraction of your  enthusiasm for war contemplating why I am called the Prince of Peace there would be much less death and destruction on Earth.  You who profess to follow me should stop invoking my name as divine sanction of the slaughter of my father's creation, especially in Iraq where the innocent and the children die from your callous might.  What contemptible arrogance you have adhering to the notion that I would bless dropping thousand-pound bombs on civilian populations?  And what of your countrymen, the youth who are paying the price?

Enough taking of my name in vain.  Stop praying to me and my father for victory in battle, as if more prolific and public petitioning would have Him or me choose a side to bless with victory.  I am appalled that both sides in war pray so that misery and death befall the other.  Such heresy makes a falsehood out of the goodness and love that I am.  I am profoundly disappointed that nations expend so much energy begging me and my father to kill for them and have them kill each other with more vigor and efficiency.  What craven images you worship, icons made of explosive steel and combustibles, flying chariots of fire, calves made of depleted uranium whose cost of manufacture could heal the sick, feed the hungry, relieve the thirsty and shelter the homeless.  You choose instead to make the sick, create the hungry, pollute the water and sicken the thirsty, and create the homeless only to bomb them as they seek refuge from exposure.  How dare you rain death and destruction in my name?  How dare you invoke the Almighty in your orgy of killing?

Nations that make unprovoked war and kill while clutching my name and mouthing my words mock my  teachings.  They use what they call their Good Book for their own self-centered ends.  They are like the prayerful who stand ostentatious and visible in their prayer.  They are as the hypocrites are, "For they love to pray standing on the corners of the streets that they may be seen of men". (Mathew 6:5)  And the superpatriots who make war by deception and in error refusing to admit their mistake cover them up with flag lapel pins for all to see.  Look at me.  Look at me, they cry out.  But do not look at what I do.

When teaching the Sermon on the Mount I said, "That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment".  (Matthew 5:22)  Making war without cause summons such judgment.  Making brutal war while bearing false witness cries out for condemnation.  The war-maker nation is too blinded with zealous indignation to see the conclusion and the verdict that the rest of world has reached.  The machinery of industrial war making is not an instrument of my blessing.  How could I bless destroying a village in order to save it?  This is murder.  How could I bless the Daisy Cutter, the Bunker Buster, the cluster bomb, the cruise missile, depleted uranium munitions?  How dare you expect me to bless the use of napalm?  How dare you even ask.  

When Matthew wrote my words as I spoke from the Mount at Karne Hittim I was teaching that the peacemakers are blessed and that they will be called the sons of God.  But, the sons are missing.  The meek have disappeared as you have cast fear onto them.  Where are the peacemakers?  They have been silenced by the war-makers who snarl at them and despise them.  Those who despise the peacemaker despise me.  The self-righteous super-powerful indulge in the cardinal sin of pride as the inheritance of the Earth slips away slick as oil.  Remember that anger and greed are cardinal sins.  A peacemaker you are not and thus my blessing escapes you.  And what does that make you a son of?

You cannot serve two masters.  If you serve the empire then the empire is your god.  Loyalty and devotion to empire precludes loyalty to anything else.  You cannot serve the empire and the people at the same time for serving one makes you despise the other.  I am of and for the people just as at one time your nation was of, for and by the people.  I am for peace.  Never forget that.  Never forget Isaiah when he said "Every warrior's boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for fire."  (Isaiah 9:5)  My message is nonviolent love.  Your message is love of violence.  I am love.  I am the way.  You are fear.  You are the way to destruction and death. "Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword."  (Matthew 26:52)

How audacious is the most powerful nation on earth?  What brazen arrogance its  leader a mere mortal extols?  How quick to determine the destiny of millions of lives, as if a god deciding whether they live or die?  How quick to judge?  How quick to forget my admonition, "For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged and with the measure that you use, it will be measured back to you".  (Matthew 7:2)

You would do well to revisit my Sermon on the Mount.  Read it.  How simple is the Golden Rule.  If you believe in me then you believe when I say, "In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law".  (Matthew 7:12)  Then think of what you are doing in Iraq and other places around the world and ponder.  That which goes around comes around.  Spread peace and you shall have it.  Spread war and you too shall have that.  "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it".  (Matthew 7:13)  Do not enter through it any longer.  "For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it".  (Matthew 7:14)  And you my son are not even looking for the narrow gate.  Worse, you have no interest in finding it, nor do you care.  

Your term as governor of Texas is historic evidence of your willingness to kill.  You enthusiastically embrace the death penalty.  Forget not that capital punishment put an end to me and my teaching.  Why is it so hard for you to understand the commandment: thou shalt not kill?  Is it not true that the executioner becomes more complacent with each execution?  What do the deaths of thousands matter after one-hundred-fifty executions by the stroke of your pen?  You put to death nine innocent people.  What do the deaths of millions matter after the deaths of thousands?  To you who turn to violence as the solution to the world's problems I say to you exchange your weapons - "swords for plowshares and spears for pruning-hooks"?  (Isaiah 2:4)  How terrible is the future for you as you contemplate the day of reckoning!   I say again, "You sail the seas and cross whole countries to win one convert and when you succeed, you make him twice as deserving of going to hell as you yourselves are".  (Matthew 23:15)  And so at this time of Christ Mass on what you celebrate as my birthday I ask you, who would Jesus bomb?  "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you".  (Matthew 5:44)

2004 Jozef Hand-Boniakowski

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