I am Frederick Christian Blauer IV, but I go by Eric, it sounds less like a megalomaniac but still hints at my Scandinavian destiny of coastal conquest and ultimate rule. I have accumulated a fair number of titles: son, brother, husband, father, pastor, writer, artist and a few other more colorful titles by my fanged fans. I am a lover of story be it heard, read or watched in all beauty, gory or glory. I write and speak as an exorcist or poltergeist, splashing holy water, spilling wine and breaking bread between the apocalypse and a sleeping baby. I am possessed by too many words and they get driven out like wild pigs and into the waters of my blog at www.fcb4.tumblr.com. I work as a pastor at Jacob’s Well Church (www.jacobswellspokane.com) across the tracks on ‘that’ side of town. I follow Christ in East Central Spokane among saints, sinners, angels, demons, crime, condoms, chaos, beauty, goodness and powerful weakness. I have more questions than answers, grey hairs than brown, fat than muscle, fire than fireplace and experience more love from my wife, family and friends than a man should be blessed with in one lifetime.
The moral challenge of training killers
The circle of violence ever spins, the sword is a poor tool of peace. It often ends up stealing the peace of the one wielding it.
What mystifies me is how the death of civilians is mostly overlooked as 'collateral damage' when it's in a military campaign context. But when a solider kills civilians on his own, in the same place, in similar manner, it's all of a sudden an emotional and political Armageddon. I lay the insanity of this moral inconsistency and its degenerative effects on the soul and psyche of soldiersat the feet of the military and Congress and the American public, for not holding politicians accountable.
How many tours will President Obama keep sending soldiers like this one on until he fulfills his campaign promises? A little too late for all these victims and soldiers like this one. We pay taxes to train and equip the world's most powerful killers and send them to kill people. Let's not forget the herculean challenge of wedding moral discernment and perpetual clarity to such an endeavor. I pray for peace, but not the peace of Babylon, Persia, Rome or America, but the peace of God in the soul. “
Father…Your Kingdom Come, Your will be done, on Earth, as it is in Heaven,” – Jesus