Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach reflects upon where our true security comes from and the need to make real cuts from the defense budget.
As Christians we must never allow ourselves to see displays of military might as the world’s “real” power. We must remember that God is the one who saves us. Furthermore, God calls us to work for equitable and just relationships, which lay the groundwork for security and peace.
When we forget the true source of our security, it is impossible to ever spend enough. Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the Pentagon’s base budget has nearly doubled. (That number excludes spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.)
Many people across the political spectrum now support making at least some cuts to the Pentagon, as a way of addressing the federal deficit. Some in Congress, along with the defense industry and the Pentagon, are working hard to ensure that the cuts will be as minimal as possible.
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