Torture and the Church

A sadly revealing survey has just been released that found evangelical Christians are the most likely group to support torture.  

White evangelical Protestants were the religious group most likely to say torture is often or sometimes justified — more than six in 10 supported it. People unaffiliated with any religious organization were least likely to back it. Only four in 10 of them did.

How ironic?  Christianity was founded on the person and work of Jesus Christ who showed us the way to defeat evil in the world is not through the perpetration of violence but the absorption of it.  The way we overcome it is embodied in Jesus’ death on the cross, sacrificially laying down our life for one another.  Torture is the antitheses of Christian ethics.  It says, my life is more valuable than yours and so I will force you to lay down your life for my well being.  This is truly a lamentable finding, and is indicative of why so many people are leaving the church.


2 responses to “Torture and the Church”

  1. It is sad but unfortunately explainable based on political affiliation.

  2. That is completely consistent with the “culture” of guns which so many right-wing Christians participate in.

    Which gun would Jesus choose?
    How many mooses would Jesus shoot?

    And the fact that the USA accounts for 48% of the worlds armaments trade. A situation often loudly supported by right-wing Christians too.

    Who would Jesus bomb, or sell weapons to?