I (along with many others) am delighted to note that Jimmy Akin is back to posting more frequently. Last week he jumped feet-first into the moral debate surrounding what kind of action is justifiable in wartime - the fires of which are stoked by modern consequentialist reasoning - and which touches on Hiroshima, terrorism and torture.
There is a virulent strain of thought among some modern Christians which concludes that behavior that is is evil for our enemies is okay for us because we, after all, are the Good Guys, and we must have every tool at our disposal - even some ugly ones - in fighting for Truth, Justice and the American Way.
I posted the following in his combox. It is a letter to the Emperor Maximian (circa 300 A.D.) from Saint Maurice and the Theban Legion, all 6600 of whom were consequently martyred at Maximian's order.
In all things which are not against His law, we most willingly obey you, as we have done hitherto. We readily oppose your enemies whoever they are, but we cannot stain our hands with the blood of innocent people. We have taken an oath to God before we took one to you... you cannot place any confidence in our second oath if we violate the other.
You commanded us to execute Christians, behold we are such. We confess God the Father the creator of all things and His Son Jesus Christ, God. We have seen our comrades slain with the sword, we do not weep for them but rather rejoice at their honor. Neither this, nor any other provocation have tempted us to revolt. Behold, we have arms in our hands, but we do not resist, because we would rather die innocent than live by any sin."
What a bunch of milksops, eh?
Those who say that we must sin a little now and then in order to get things done in the Real World (of which these Roman legionnaires clearly knew nothing, sheltered namby-pambys that they were) seem to me unable to believe God will look after them if they do his will in everything. They apparently cannot bring themselves to really believe that "in all things God works for the good of those who love him". They cannot see past the tomb to the resurrection... death seems the end of everything, for them, and so they will avoid it at any cost, even at the price of their own souls.
In the face of death, they forget the promises of God, and justify torture ("enhanced interrogation", for us), terrorism and spilling the blood of the innocent to protect themselves, their families, their country.
Even Joan of Arc, who was called by the Holy Spirit to kick a** and take names, never allowed her violent vocation to become a temptation to sin... "I would rather die than do something which I know to be a sin, or to be against God's will".