WAR – WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?
If we are to be true followers of Jesus Christ, then we must ask ourselves:
“Would Jesus ever go to war – or kill anybody – under any circumstances, for any reason, at any time, in any place?”
We MUST answer NO, NO, NO and NO!!
How can we then say that we follow Jesus but support any government effort to wage war against anybody for any reason? C’mon now, folks. We are not living in the Old Testament, and we are not the nation of Israel. We are bound by a New Covenant of Love and Peace, bought and paid for by the Prince of Peace.
The least we can do is resist any effort by any government or any other entity to draw us into their sphere of hatred, domination, greed and total destruction.
HOW ABOUT THIS FOR AN ANTI-WAR MESSAGE? Matthew 5:38-48 –
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
It’s very clear what God’s desire is for his people, and it doesn’t include bombing people, taking their land, or expanding our “temporal kingdoms” here on earth. We’re supposed to be peacemakers, and if we allow the Holy Spirit to rule in our hearts, then here is no way we’ll be violent or support any government in its efforts “to protect our way of life.” What a bunch of rubbish we’ve been brainwashed with. What does God say?
Now please read Galations 5, and then tell me there’s one speck of room there for war or violence of any sort. If the Holy Spirit is in you, then you will not support war.
If you support war, then I have to wonder if the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of Almighty God – is in you.