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What Happened to Peace on Earth: An Answer to Willie Nelson
Adams Web ^ | 01/06/2004 | Adam Graham

Posted on 01/06/2004 4:32:37 PM PST by Keyes2000mt

What Happened to Peace on Earth: A Response to Willie Nelson

By Adam Graham

Singer/Songwriter Willie Nelson is set to release a new war protest song. He said that he looked around on Christmas and saw there was no good news and then asked the question, “Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth?”

One could ask what bad news Nelson is referring to, other than the Orange alert brought about by Al Queda’s terrorist threats, there seemed to be little bad news around Christmas. If the Orange Alert was the bad news, he could have written an anti-Al Queda ballad. This, however would make far too much sense for a leftist.


The phrase, “Peace on Earth” is taken from scripture and Nelson claims not to be a member of either party but simply a Christian and cites the sixth commandment in arguing against war. Like many liberal Christians, Nelson shops for his own meaning from the scriptures rather than interpreting scripture properly.


If you read the Bible, it tells us peace will not come to the whole Earth until Christ returns. Jesus said bluntly: "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth. I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to `set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” (Matt. 10:34)


Jesus had no pretensions that everyone would follow him. He knew there would be division and strife, and that man while in this sinful world would have wars: both just and unjust. He didn’t want His followers to believe that he’d come to set up an Earthly utopia in there lifetime. He did bring peace to individuals, peace to those who turned to him. He said, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27) The only lasting peace on Earth is the one that individuals can experience through Christ.


Nelson’s use of the sixth commandment “thou shalt not kill” is equally tortured. The same Bible that says, “Thou Shalt not Kill” says, “Blessed be the LORD my strength, who teacheth my hands to war and my fingers to fight;” (Psalms 144:1) The fact is that most of the Old Testament heroes were war heroes. They fought and protected their country against the invaders and stood up against the wicked.


There’s a clear difference between individuals taking actions against their own enemies and government actions to protect society. Paul tells us that a ruler “is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid, for he beareth not the sword in vain; for he is the minister of God, an avenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” (Romans 13:4)


George W. Bush is our ruler and he does not bear the sword in vain as the Taliban and Saddam Hussein both learned. Following this scripture, Bush is doing exactly what he should be, as he is a terror to evil doers the world over.


Nelson sings about “babies dying” referring to the conflict in Iraq. Here, he shows great hypocrisy. As tragic as the deaths of our soldiers are, as awful as the collateral damage is, if you take all the deaths in this war and add them up, you will come up with less people than our killed in two days in this country by abortion.


Where, oh great highway theologian is your song about that? Where’s the mourning over 45 million children killed? Tell me why are you singing this song in protest of a few thousand deaths at a concert to support Dennis Kucinich, a man who favors allowing the slaughter of millions?


In addition, how many babies died and how many mothers cried because of the regime of Saddam Hussein. How many more would have died and cried if Kucinich had his way and Hussein remained in power?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: antiwar; bush; peaceniks; willienelson
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1 posted on 01/06/2004 4:32:40 PM PST by Keyes2000mt
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To: Keyes2000mt
"George W. Bush is our ruler"


Oh?
2 posted on 01/06/2004 4:36:16 PM PST by NorthOffice
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3 posted on 01/06/2004 4:38:08 PM PST by Support Free Republic (If Woody had gone straight to the police, this would never have happened!)
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To: Keyes2000mt
What ever happened to "Those who forget the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them"? or how about just good ole "What ever happened to self defense after psychotic sand monkeys attack your country just about every year for the past 10 years"? or how about "What ever happened to people protesting the pricks who think mass murder is a hobby"?
4 posted on 01/06/2004 4:39:30 PM PST by metalboy (I`m still waiting for the protests against Saddam and Al Qaida)
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To: Keyes2000mt
But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, an avenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

This text would make a nice poster, superimposed on a photo of GWB.

5 posted on 01/06/2004 4:40:25 PM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Keyes2000mt
I am sick of the Lame Stream Press having a orgasm over a guy they fried over his troubles with the IRS...
6 posted on 01/06/2004 4:40:28 PM PST by tubebender (Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see...)
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To: Keyes2000mt
Great article...
7 posted on 01/06/2004 4:40:52 PM PST by WinOne4TheGipper (The Democratic Party: Without an electoral mandate for almost 28 years.)
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To: NorthOffice
"George W. Bush is our ruler and he does not bear the sword in vain as the Taliban and Saddam Hussein both learned. Following this scripture, Bush is doing exactly what he should be, as he is a terror to evil doers the world over."

Maybe the whole quote will help.

I notice you're a newbie. Just trying to give you some advice.
8 posted on 01/06/2004 4:40:55 PM PST by Theresawithanh (The opinions expressed in this post are mine. I did not receive any compensation.)
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To: Theresawithanh
OK. I don't want a ruler.

That better?
9 posted on 01/06/2004 4:45:27 PM PST by NorthOffice
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To: mvpel
"But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, an avenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil."

This text would make a nice poster, superimposed on a photo of GWB.

I like your idea. Or just as good, with a soldier. Calling All Graphics Wizards!

10 posted on 01/06/2004 4:46:24 PM PST by Old Sarge (149th Armd' Bde, KyARNG: Bosnia-bound. Remember us.)
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To: Keyes2000mt
..."George W. Bush is our ruler"....

He is our elected president for a 4-year period. Hopefully, he will remain as commander-in-chief for another 4. He is not our "ruler".

That is why there is a USA--no more "rulers", and no more tyrants, and no more kings and no more dictators.
11 posted on 01/06/2004 4:46:42 PM PST by jolie560
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To: metalboy
Let's name one anti-war nitwit, especially an "artiste," who has protested Bin Laden/Saddam at a rally....

*crickets chirping*

*dog barks in the distance*

*tumbleweed tumbles by*

12 posted on 01/06/2004 4:46:48 PM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: Theresawithanh
The trolls cometh.
13 posted on 01/06/2004 4:47:20 PM PST by somemoreequalthanothers
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To: Paul Atreides
Alan Jackson
14 posted on 01/06/2004 4:48:22 PM PST by NorthOffice
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To: NorthOffice
Well, I just took a very strong elbow in the grainery, so I have to add Toby Keith.
15 posted on 01/06/2004 4:51:41 PM PST by NorthOffice
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To: NorthOffice
Okay, there's one.
16 posted on 01/06/2004 4:51:50 PM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: NorthOffice
NorthOffice said "OK. I don't want a ruler. That better?"

So, why not enlighten me as to just what it is that you want?

Without men to rule like President Bush and Tony Blair, you'll be gettin' out your prayer mat, grabbin' your Koran and headin' for the mosque.
17 posted on 01/06/2004 4:53:00 PM PST by Theresawithanh (The opinions expressed in this post are mine. I did not receive any compensation.)
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To: somemoreequalthanothers
The trolls cometh.

Ya think?

18 posted on 01/06/2004 4:53:44 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Support Free Republic! End the Freepathons! I have SEWING to do!)
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To: Keyes2000mt
Sounds like Willy's a little tone deaf. Maybe he hangs out with too many hollywood types and has forgotten who his fans are


19 posted on 01/06/2004 4:58:03 PM PST by Cubs Fan
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To: Theresawithanh
What do I want?
Freedom.
Keep what I earn, provide for my own security, and go to whatever church(s) I choose. Voluntarily.
20 posted on 01/06/2004 4:59:23 PM PST by NorthOffice
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