Call me paranoid, but the Senate's approval of Joe Lieberman's resolution on Iran makes me wonder if those faint reverberations in the distance are the sounds of a new drum-beat for war--this time with Iran. I am deeply troubled by such a prospect, both as a "resident alien" of the United States and a citizen of the Kingdom of God.
In light of this concern, I am departing from my normal pattern of steering clear of politics, whether of a national or ecclesiastical variety. I do not have time to write a full post about this matter, but I have found someone who says what I am thinking better than I could. I do not often agree with Joe Klein of TIME magazine, but this week I think he's hit the mark. If you have the time, check out his commentary on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to the US. I find his words a good dose of reality in the midst of a talking-head and media-inflamed frenzy of speculation (with the much beloved Fox News leading the way).
Please, my friends, let us resist the urge to create a new bogey-man out of a politically weak and ideologically ridiculous little man. Let us remember that there are families, women and children, living peacefully within the countries about which we speak with vitriole and hatred.
I know this may be difficult to accept, but Iran is not our enemy. Neither is Ahmadinejad. As followers of Jesus, our enemy is not flesh and blood, but the prince of the power of the air. He wants nothing more than to undermine sanity, instigate mass carnage, and hinder the spread of the good news. Let us set the example in a world going crazy: Choose prayer. Choose calm. Choose peace.