When people tell me that I should ‘honor the military’ because American troops are guaranteeing my freedom, dying for my liberties, and allowing me the right to express whatever opinion I want, these are the thoughts that come to mnd:
The last war fought on American soil was the Civil War. The last time America was invaded was during the War of 1812. If the liberties of this nation have ever been in question since then, it has not been from foreign aggressors. Besides, this nation can no longer afford me anything. Not liberty. Not freedom of speech. Nothing. The American nation, like most every other nation on the planet is in fiscal and moral bankruptcy. This might probably have something to do with excessive spending in sending armed forces overseas to die for some opiate farms and some oil for business tycoons, all the while our real liberties are being squandered away by our own sloth, covetousness and bureaucratic oppression. The draft has even been expanded to cover both sexes in order to compound this reality.
So why are American troops really dying? It is not for my freedom. They are dying simply because ‘all who hate God love death.’ The majority of recruits are lost, scared teenagers with little to no direction in life, nor do they have any healthy motivation or identity, due to the fact that they went to public schools, which is due to the fact that both of their parents were full-time employees and could not be there to raise them, which is due to the fact that everybody is in debt, which is due to the fact that everybody is in civil bondage. So, because the parents cannot be around to give their children direction or provide them with a structured worldview, these kids go to where they think they can get direction, structure and even ‘free’ college, housing and maturity: the military, where, if they do not end up dead, they very well likely end up becoming drug-addicted, alcoholic, abusive rapists and degenerates of society who are rewarded with token free shots of alcohol at bars and entitled discounts everywhere else, just because they are enlisted. They have lost their common sense.
American troops do not die for me. They do not die for you. They do not die even for themselves. They die for bureaucrats who consider us all to be expendable property as a recompense for having been wicked our whole lives, coveting our neighbor’s goods, being slothful, and making idols out of death, destruction, and damnation. They die to maintain the status quo, which is slavery. They died for the same reason we all die. Because we hate God and we love false gods.
And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king. And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots… (1 Samuel 8:10-12)
It does not seem like I get anything at all out of that deal. No freedom. No honor. Nothing. Welcome to the American Dream. But there is good news. God established an alternative society that is worthy of honor because it does offer true liberty established by the voluntary bloodshed of its ruler in order to redeem poor sinners who have been entangled into socialist and militaristic bondage. This precedence is extremely important when contrasting the Kingdom of God (characterized by voluntary self-sacrifice) against the bloodthirsty kingdoms of the world (characterized by compelled human sacrifices).
In an attempt to politicize lip service to lofty ideals, false god Abraham Lincoln, in his Gettysburg Address, gives patriotic sentiment for the dead soldiers that he had press-ganged into his imperialist military. He had sacrificed their lives so ‘that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth‘. The government he is speaking of, naturally, is the authoritative United States government that willingly sacrificed the lives of more American combatants (not to mention civilians) during the Civil War than any other American-involved war combined. What should be addressed is that his sentiment is unashamedly plagiarized from a prologue by John Wycliffe in 1384 AD before being martyred on behalf of his convictions regarding human liberty: ‘The Bible is for the Government of the People, by the People, and for the People.’
Which sentiment is true? Which government is in the best interest of ‘the People’? The magistrates of the United States model of government pragmatically sacrifice the lives of their people in bloodshed, in order to preserve their authority at all costs, completely disregarding their professed principles in the process: ‘If I could save the union without freeing any slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that.‘ (Letter from Abraham Lincoln to Horace Greeley.) The magistrate of the Biblical model of government voluntarily sacrifices himself for his people by unduly submitting himself to the bloodlust of the United States model of government, not to maintain some authoritative power, but to sincerely serve the best interests of his people in a gambit of laying down his own life as a ransom for slaves: