[The following is from a series first posted during Lent in 2015.]
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Jesus meets his mother, Mary, who is filled with grief
|A woman cries after her son was killed in an air strike in Basra|
When a nation increases its strength and influence to the point that it becomes Empire, the primary concern becomes to preserve its own power and influence. In Matthew 25, Jesus said that the true measure of a nation is in how it treats the weakest and most vulnerable within its borders. Empire, on the other hand, often relies only upon one tool – military power – to solve any problem. As such, the loss of innocent lives becomes collateral damage which, to Empire, is only to be expected.
When collateral damage has no face that Empire can recognize, then many mothers will weep in the wake of military campaigns, air strikes, and drone attacks done in the name of establishing freedom and security.