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Onward Christian Soldiers

By The Reverend Published: March 29, 2010

The picture above is of a Christian militia named Hutaree.

"Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war." That's how the aberrational Christian hymn goes.

Some Christians take that hymn literally and seriously.

According to news reports this morning, several militia types have been arrested in ATF raids in Michigan and Ohio.

One Christian Militia group, so far....Hutaree....has been mentioned by name. I spent a few minutes at their website, reading comments and gathering info on the group. Some commenters there suggest pipe bombs are part of the reason for the raid. Others say that the Hutaree were planning an attack on Muslim Americans. Probably all speculation.

The header at the Hutaree website reads....

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

Towards the bottom of the page there is this....

"Preparing for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive."

End time battles, laying down lives as Jesus instructed, lots of guns. Potentially, a very dangerous combination. Further information, I'm sure, will be forthcoming, help us understand the nature of the threat and the reason for the raids.

For now, however, I want to comment on the John 15:13 Bible verse heading the Hutaree website.

If Jesus really said..."greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"'s obvious that he was referring to his own non-resistance-to-authorities arrest and subsequent death. In context, Jesus didn't squeal on his disciple-buddies, he didn't rat them out to Roman authorities....instead, Jesus passively gave up his life, remaining silent to the end, thus saving his friends. Jesus was no snitch.

Apparently, this Hutaree, Christian Militia group sees that story a bit differently than most. It would seem that this group's understanding of the words of Jesus includes, at least, preparation to fight and kill authorities who they perceive to be threatening their "friends." Obviously, that is a grave distortion of the New Testament story.

The truth is this....the word "Christian" and the word "militia"....never belong together. One has nothing to do with the other....if the Bible is to be believed.

Thoughts on this story?



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