Gay, Atheist Pope Now Warmonger?

The title of my post is ridiculous on purpose, of course. However, if you've been at all following Pope Francis' "career" as Pope, you know where the title is coming from.

When it came to the issue of homosexuality, Francis said, "Who am I to judge."

When it came to the issue of atheism, Frances clearly suggested that atheist can enter Heaven.

Now when it comes to stopping ISIS (and other such groups: Boko Haram, etc.), it's okay: Pope backs military force to protect Iraq minorities.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

He didn't say go kill[?] ISIS, but he might as well have said it. How else could the world stop such a violently coercive and utterly wicked, Satanic group as ISIS without resorting to violence?

Well, as Christians, we're supposed to pray and not curse. Where is Pope Francis' faith?

I understand his concern. He's no more concerned than am I about the insane Wahhabists hellbent upon establishing their twisted version of Islam, as if the version Mohammed had in mind isn't confused enough.

Let me say very clearly that were I militaristic, I would advocate completely immediately wiping out all of them and all those who hold similar, belligerent positions. Any group that issues the ultimatums to people that ISIS has is certainly a scourge. They should stop, turn, and repent of their evil ways or burn. "Turn or burn" is the expression. The burn part is figurative but represents the negative consequences for such extreme wickedness that ISIS and Boko Haram exhibit.

However, I'm not militaristic. I believe Jesus Christ taught pacifism for a very clear reason that is absolutely correct. Violence hardens hearts. It makes itself acceptable. It weakens the internal, moral defenses against it. It begets itself no matter how hard those who engage in it attempt to use it selectively. They slip up and kill the innocent with the guilty. That is never acceptable.

Jesus said the following:

The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. (Matthew 13:24-30 KJV)

Pope Francis is speaking very dangerous words because of what he is not saying (if he has been correctly characterized in the linked article). He is not emphatically saying to the worldly powers, don't use violence.

To those who will argue but what about the innocents being murdered by ISIS and Boko Haram, I say your argument is against Jesus. Do you think you know better than Jesus about which is the right path for humanity to righteousness? I have searched and searched and searched for better than Jesus' teachings and have found none.

We have seen the drones killing the innocent. Is your heart so hardened that it is acceptable to you that those innocent ones died so some guilty ones (questionable whether they were more wrong than those who sent the drones) could be killed so you and yours wouldn't have to face them (at least that's the reason given by the US government for killing them)?

Francis is wrong about homosexuality, atheism, and now this: "stopping them"; militarism. Francis took the right name, spoke well about the poor, and walked among the people, but that's not good enough.

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