Many Christians will not like this Bill Maher rant, but my sense is they will not like it because it hits too close to home. They will also not like it because they don’t like hearing the truth when it comes from someone as idiotic as Maher—someone who understands religion about as well as Charlie Sheen understands moderation. Well, they should look past that and consider if there’s not some truth here.
We should not want to be like Maher, but he notes that we too often are just like him. I have often thought that, while perhaps pacifism is not entirely and always correct in some contexts and situations, it may be the vast majority of the time. And Evangelicals are simply too eager to support violence and violent means as long as it is done by Americans.
And I know Christians will try and parse this by noting the difference between an individual person loving their enemy and a state/government acting on behalf of millions of people loving their enemies. Look, I understand there are deep and well-thought out arguments on both sides of the pacifism and “Just War” disagreements and the disagreements over what it means to “love your enemies.” But one would think that Christians on every side would consider torture, at the very least, unwise and would certainly not gloat over the death of anyone—even an enemy.
Because when we do, we sound and think like Bill Maher. And he’s an idiot. He is funny though.