taking the words of Jesus seriously

I APOLOGIZE FOR INACCURATELY QUOTING HOW MUCH THE US GOVERNMENT SPENDS ON WAR. For several years, I have been using a statistic that is grossly understated.

I often say that the US spends over 200, 000 dollars a minute on war.  Sadly, I did some research and had a bunch of my mathematician friends check my numbers, and we were devastated by what we found.  The actual numbers are at least 6 times worse than we thought.

The US currently spends over 1.2 million dollars a minute on militarism and war.

That’s 20, 000 dollars every second.

… as the country goes bankrupt.

It’s time to re-imagine things, isn’t it?

Here’s a good resource on how the numbers break down:


“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”  — Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Shane Claiborne is a prominent author, speaker, activist, and founding member of the Simple Way.  He is one of the compilers of Common Prayer, a new resource to unite people in prayer and action. Shane is also helping develop a network called Friends Without Borders which creates opportunities for folks to come together and work together for justice from around the world.

About The Author


Shane Claiborne is a best-selling author, renowned activist,
 sought-after speaker, and self-proclaimed “recovering sinner.” Shane writes and speaks around the world about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus, and is the author of several books, 
including "The Irresistible Revolution," "Jesus for President," "Executing Grace," "Beating Guns," and his newest book, "Rethinking Life (released in Feb 2023)." He is the visionary leader of The Simple Way in Philadelphia and co-director of Red Letter Christians. His work has been featured in Fox News, Esquire, SPIN, TIME, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and CNN.

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