"As America celebrates the 4th of July, many others celebrate the deaths of loved ones, not simply from those unfortunate souls who died under the oath to the American empire, but those poor souls who lost their lives fighting against America because they swore an equally noble oath to their own nations. Who is more righteous? Who is more right? How can we judge, as judgement belongs to God alone? As followers of Jesus this 4th of July instead of honoring the dead of a nation (remember we are commanded to love our enemies even to feed them) let us honor the head who gave their lives to further the Gospel of peace, the martyrs.
Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be the children of God-Jesus."
-- Joshua Bau, from the article Independence Day Sort Of on the Jesus Manifesto website.
For those that don't know, the Jesus Manifesto is a website that exists to call people to embrace the Kingdom of God. They believe that Jesus is our king and that if we are to follow Him as our king, we must embrace the way of life that He sets out for us.
Here is a quote from the About Us section of their website:
"what passes for Christianity in our culture has very little resemblance to the radical movement Jesus started on the fringes of the [Roman] Empire.....Most of the ways in which we've been taught to think about our faith get in the way of following Jesus.....
But beyond disruption and subversion, we want to proclaim something much deeper-hope."