|Would Jesus Go To War? #89
By Joseph Prescia
If pacifists insist that this is a realistic question, then it also shows their lack of spiritual understanding regarding what Christ did and did not promote. When you use a doctrine, like the Bible, as your foundation for an argument it is essential to KNOW that doctrine. Most pacifists do not believe the authority of the written Word of God, and yet they want to try to use pieces of Biblical doctrine against believers. While Jesus never promoted or discouraged war he did say that wars would come and should not alarm you.
Matthew 24:6 “You will certainly hear of wars and rumours of wars-but don’t be alarmed. Such things must indeed happen, but that is not the end.” (J. B. Phillips)
Questions like “Would Jesus Go To War?” are designed to promote the PHYSICAL peace movement but neglect the SPIRITUAL peace movement from the Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ. Since genuine internal peace can only come from him all attempts at physical peace are hollow. It’s like putting a Band-Aid over a wound and refusing to pull out the splinter. The cause has not been removed. The Devil is the cause or agent behind all wars (See article #85, The Agent Behind Wars). Without a solution to his evil spiritual ways the world peace movement is trivial. The fight is spiritual, not carnal.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (KJV)
“Love” is not God’s ONLY characteristic. He is also “just.” Justice demands that a penalty be paid for wrongdoing. According to a 12 page report by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office London, entitled “Saddam Hussein: crimes and human rights abuses,” several crimes have been listed, such as torture by senior officials on Iraqi citizens, amputation, children forced to watch their parents being tortured, mutilation, abuse of women, prisons infested with lice and rats, executions carried out without due process of law, beheading, the use of chemical weapons killing up to 5,000 Kurds, over 100,000 Kurds “disappeared,” occupation and looting of Kuwait, setting fire to over 1100 oil wells, acid baths, electric shock, sexual abuse, eye gouging, etc.
Would Jesus do this? NO! Jesus Christ came to set men, women and children free from evil. He came to give us a life that is more abundant (John 10:10). We have freedom in Christ, not bondage, not fear, but the love of God. It is God that delivers. It is God that answers prayers. When a nation of people pray for their soldiers like the United States has been doing the outcome of the war is certain. Jesus prayed. He believed God to supply all his needs. He asked God for guidance in every endeavor. ANY nation of ANY size that operates these principles is guaranteed success by the Word of God regardless of military firepower levels. Jesus never got involved in politics. He had his sights set much higher (See article #35, Christ on Social Reform).
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