Does everyone remember the first Iron Man movie? You know, the best stand alone super hero movie outside of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight series until Captain America: The Winter Soldier?
Yeah, that Iron Man. In Act 1 of the movie, Tony Stark starts off as a full blown narcissist, only interested in his fame and money. Until he get's abducted and watches the American soldiers who were supposed to protect him get killed by his weapons, before a piece of shrapnel almost kills him, and leads him down the road to becoming Iron Man.
Act 2 sees Tony Stark, broken over what his creations have done to the world and to his countrymen, goes full Rambo on a city full of terrorists, destroying every weapon he can find with his name on it. No more selling to Peter to kill Paul for him. He's done with it.
Did you know the US Government is currently locked into this exact scenario? Although instead of selling guns to Peter to kill only Paul, Peter is gunning for Paul and the seller himself, the United States of America.
Currently, the USA provides foreign aid and weapons in bulk to the following countries.
Currently, the following countries are well known for the violent persecution of Christians and other minorities, human rights violations, and exportation of the worst, most violent strains of Islamic ideology.
Currently, Christians are outraged at the persecution of Christians in the following countries.
Interesting. Americans are outraged at the treatment of Christians and people in these countries, yet continue to elect the same senators and representatives into power who sell these weapons and provide aid to these countries, while these same politicians rile up their religious base by decrying the behavior of these countries they are financially enabling to be so despicable to get their vote when they are up for re-election.
The amount of hypocrisy from both politicians and Christians in America is staggering. We don't want these countries to persecute believers, yet provide them with the means to do so in the name of 'security.' Even though if you look back a little over a decade the Middle East, despite it's flaws, was far more stable and the USA far more secure. And we continue to elect the same people into power who continue to provide the flow of cash and guns to these countries.
I don't think American Christians are really that concerned about their persecuted brothers and sisters overseas. I think it feels good to be outraged about something and post articles and sign petitions and write rants on Facebook about it. Why? Because it's more important to keep Conservative 'Christians' in seats over power, even though almost nothing these Conservative 'Christians' do with their lives seems to indicate they actually believe what they preach, let alone practice.
Frankly, it's beyond time for Republicans and Christians in the US to have their Tony Stark moment. Are they going to keep doing what they've been doing, wreaking havoc and destruction around the world while be outraged at the work of their hands, or while they seek to stop their behavior, work towards solutions, and try and build a better world? Will they become Iron Man?