Letter: God picks sides?
In Buz Williams' Jan. 22 column, "Only God can grant unalienable rights," he discusses that some of our founding fathers believed that our victory in the Revolutionary War was due to divine intervention and that "God favored our war for independence."
I, too, believe in a higher power, a God of love. But I have some serious problems with Mr. Williams' assertion. The problem with claiming God's support for one side in a war or any other human endeavor is that it implies that God is against the other side. We think of God as a parent, and no loving parent would favor one child over another, especially if it led to the destruction of one.
I think we have a great country, but assuming that God favors our country over others only makes us arrogant and inconsiderate of other nations. Jesus said, "Love your neighbor," and most Christians interpret "neighbor" to mean those nearby and around the world.
Mr. Williams emphasizes that the inalienable rights of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" are granted by God, yet he supports Republican policies that take away these rights from some of our nearby neighbors. Policies like high sales taxes disproportionately burden the poor. Keeping taxes low and subsidies high for the rich and corporations means the middle class suffers from stagnant wages and does not have the "liberty" to "pursue happiness."
Jesus said we are judged by how we treat the "least of these." Being Christian means actively caring about our neighbors, including voting for policies that allow everyone to have a chance at health and happiness. Obviously, we are a nation of many religions. Instead of claiming to be favored by God, why don't we show that we are a loving nation by our policies?