Jason B. Ladd

Author | Apologist | Entrepreneur

Syria On-line: A Glimpse of a Defiant Worldview


“We were born to fight and resist.”

This Facebook comment reportedly written by the son of Syrian Presdient Bashar al-Assad gives us a glimpse of a defiant worldview.

It also supplies an answer to one of the great questions in life:

Why are we here? 

How you answer this question affects how you live your life. 

Our nation’s leaders have had to decide how to act following the use of chemical weapons in Syria.  Here are two different opinions:

  1. The defiant use of chemical weapons presents a threat to our national, regional, and global security.
  2. Nothing we can do will help.  Let the Syrians handle their own affairs.

When contingency planners evaluate courses of action in Syria, they must consider all possible responses to American intervention.  Their response to any American action will be heavily affected by their worldview.  In a part of the world plagued by centuries of ethnic rivalry, religious persecution, and sectarian violence, it’s no wonder why some profess a defiant birthright of fighting and resistance.

This begs the question: fight and resist what? 

In the case of this Facebook user, the answer may be to fight and resist any attempts of outsiders to interfere in Syrian affairs–a difficult task in a globalized world.  Satellites, smart phones, and social media leave everyone’s laundry flapping in the breeze, and some of it is dirty.

Sometimes, resistance is futile.  defiant

In this case, resisting international norms which serve to deter the indiscriminate murder of noncombatants via chemical weapons, is futile.  Two reasons exist for agreeing with a chemical weapons ban:

  1. It is right because the majority have deemed it right.
  2. It is right based on an objective truth about indiscriminate killing.

If you believe in reason one, then you may have the right view, but for the wrong reason.  You are in danger of accepting alternative views decided by less virtuous or responsible lawmakers.  If morality is merely a cultural phenomenon decided by human beings, then

the distinction between good and evil are dissolved by the universal acid of relativism.  

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Everything is simply a matter of preference and degree.

But if you believe in reason two, that indiscriminate killing is always wrong, regardless of any human decree, then

you have a firm foundation on which to defend the reality of good and evil.

If you’re not sure which reason is correct, then you have an opportunity to research some of the most important questions you will ever ask:

  • Does truth exist?  Is truth knowable?  Have we discovered it?
  • Is morality subjective and created by human begins, or objective and created by something else?

The answer to these questions will have a greater impact on your life than you can possibly imagine.

Have you arrived at an answer?  How has it affected your life?

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About Jason B. Ladd

Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.

5 Replies

  1. Having been raised in a public education system run, at that time, by folks shaped by the sixties, I soaked in their worldview and it was at odds with what I was raised with in the church. I embraced their teachings and now I know all too well how the ‘distinction between good and evil gets dissolved by the universal acid of relativism.’ (Love that verbage!)

    Praise God for not giving up on me. Truth is knowable personally in the person of Jesus Christ. Morality is objective and created by Him. I cannot argue it in the logical, methodical way that you do, Jason. I admire those of you who can. But I have come to this conclusion through hard experience, and for me, that is enough.

    Nice post. You make me think harder than I am used to in the day-to-day with 4 kids to herd! 🙂

    1. Rebeca, It sounds like you are prepared give those kids a firm foundation for handling whatever life throws at them.

  2. Susan Irene Fox

    Jason: If we agree that a chemical weapons ban makes sense and is right based upon an objective truth about indiscriminate killing, I respectfully submit there is a third option to consider: defiant use of chemical weapons presents a threat to everyone’s national, regional, and global security – how can we prevent further us while ensuring the safety of all citizens and bring about a peaceful resolution?

    We can no longer focus just on punishment; we must focus on being the blessed peacemakers Christ wanted us to become.

    1. Blessed are the peacemakers, indeed. Figuring out how to attain a lasting peace is no easy task. Whatever the solution, pride should not be part of the equation.

  3. I pray that this war never happens for the sake of everyone concerned (which in a more general sense, the world).