by Chuck Gutenson
I found this article odd enough--the writer is encouraging us to improve our concept of empire and embrace the notion that America is and should be one. Then, when I got to the bottom, I discovered that this author teaches at Liberty University (connected with Falwell) in Lynchburg. The article became, then, even more bizarre for at least two reasons. First, can one really argue that it is possible to make empire into a Christian notion? In other words, can we as Christians, who are called most pre-eminently to be "for the other," think of empire as a good thing? Second, notice that the author thinks that Rome was an example of how empires can be "good." Am I the only one who finds this a very strange claim for a Christian to make? When we reflect upon the manner in which the Pax Romana was kept, do we not get the picture of something very unChristian?
So, my question to you: what critiques would you offer either of the article or the way I have framed things? Can we, as Christians, feel good about "empire" in any of the ways current events suggest an empire would look like?