Torture is a crime against humanity. It destroys both those who are tortured, and those who inflict the torture. Torture, the willed infliction of severe pain on helpless, vulnerable captives, leads inevitably to further and further cruelty until the ones who do the torturing become the very evil they hate. It seeps out of the torture room into the body politic and changes the character of the nation. We move from a people of optimistic idealism into the sewer of a people wallowing in fear, filth, despair, and cynicism. We move from being a light to the nations, to being the deepening darkness that extinguishes the light of life itself.
As a Christian Pastor, and a follower of One who was himself tortured, rendered, and murdered by political agents for imperial purposes, I declare that followers of Jesus Christ are forbidden to engage in, or support practices of torture. Such activity is Demonic, and is a further crucifixion of Jesus. Christians are summoned by the Holy Spirit to publicly oppose the use of torture. Indeed, one cannot sing the hymns of faith on Sunday, and partake of, or benefit from the instruments of terror on Monday.
For Christian soldiers and intelligence agents, this means that in the name of Christ you must stand down and disobey your orders when called upon to break faith with God. For those involved in rendering prisoners to other nations for torture, in the name of Christ you must stand down, and disobey those orders. For Christian citizens, in the name of Christ, you must support those who are disobedient to the State but faithful to God. You must do all in your power, including civil disobedience, to expose, and end the evil being done in our name. To do otherwise is a denial of Christian faith and practice. To do nothing is to remain complicit with evil, and thereby desecrate the body and blood of the living and risen Christ.
In other words, there is no moral distinction between America's use of torture, and the German Christian capitulation to the holocaust of the Jews. Indeed, one leads inevitably to the other. A nation so devoid of moral reason that it practices and approves of torture, is a nation well on its way to the slaughter of countless innocents. In those days the victims were the Jews, in our time, Muslims.
As a nation we have crossed a line of evil that we had pledged we would never cross. Without repentance there will be nothing but sorrows for our future. As a Christian Pastor, I appeal to both fellow Christians, and all who will hear, that we renounce this activity of fascism, expose it to the light of day, and cast out those who have betrayed this nation, who have broken covenant with humanity, and who have opened up the gates of Hell on earth.