In relationship to the phenomenon of human violence against humans, practically all bishops, priests, ministers, deacons and religious education teachers are followers not of Jesus but of Teddy Roosevelt and his ilk, whose moral orientation revolves around the principle, “Speak softly, but carry a big stick.” Again, that’s not opinion, that’s verifiable fact. They live, breath, preach and pray, “Si vis pacem, para bellum” (If you want peace, prepare for war). When they speak about peace their default position is never “Love you enemies unto death as Jesus loved His enemies unto death and taught His Apostles and disciples to love their enemies unto death.” It is rather a disquisition on how many rocks, or missiles of other types, it is morally acceptable for Christians to possess to throw at their enemies—how big the big stick can be and still be following God’s will as revealed by Jesus. Most Christians in most Churches, Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant, are quite content to have their bishops, priests, ministers, deacons and religious education teachers be followers of Teddy Roosevelt rather than Jesus. In fact, most Christians of all ranks think what Teddy Roosevelt taught and lived is what Jesus taught and lived, or at least it is not contradictory to what Jesus taught and lived. The operational axiom by which they live is not “Jesus I trust in you,” but rather “Teddy ‘Big Stick’ I trust in you.” It never enters their Christian minds that carrying a big stick never entered Jesus’ mind, who when a big stick was the way Teddy Roosevelt would have gone, said, “Put up your big stick” (Mt:26:52) …“Father, if possible, let this cup pass from me, but not my will but yours be done” (Lk 22:42; Mt 26: 39).
*A person can neither evaluate as true or false, nor choose to live, an idea that he or she has never heard.