Demon Hunter, For Reals

Acculturated on the story of Christian metal band Demon Hunter and their support for various kinds of U.S. special forces mayhem:

The shooter continued: “[They} got in touch and said, ‘We’re all about promoting what you do.’ They sent us CDs and patches. I wore my Demon Hunter patch on every mission. I wore it when I blasted bin Laden.” 

I’m still trying to figure out how to feel about this.  I get that these kinds of missions are critical to our national interests and so forth, but for a band (an overtly Christian band, no less) to sanction a team of elite killers causes me some discomfort.

I understand, and sympathize with, the author’s conflicted feelings. If you’re trying to sell the whole “God is love” thing, and some of your co-religionists put their imprimatur on torture and assassination, it’s bound to raise some awkward questions.

However, I am a little less conflicted about this. The global war on terrorism is an ugly business all around–the kind of thing you might expect to find in a fallen world. But I think it’s pretty easy to who the bad guys are in that conflict. Supporting the triumph of good over evil is a perfectly appropriate thing for a Christian band (or even a solo act) to do.

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