WAR

War

The Problem: It seems that war is never a positive enterprise. For this reason, it is debated whether war should be waged at all. If people will die, is War God’s will?

I. Views
1.“War Bird”- War is Just for what ever reason, This ranges from personal gain, revenge, defense, to aid of others
2.“War Dove”-This view holds that regardless of the situation, war is never an option. Those in this camp strive to “turn the other cheek”
3. Concious Christian-This view seeks to evaluate if, when, how to wage war. This view is conscious that whatever is done must glorify Christ.

II. Sources of Authority that Influence View

A. Scriptural Teaching

Eccl 3:1/8 NASU
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven –… A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace.

Rom 12:18 NASU
If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.

Heb 11:33-34 NASU
who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.

Mic 4:1-4 NASU
And it will come about in the last days That the mountain of the house of the LORD Will be established as the chief of the mountains. It will be raised above the hills, And the peoples will stream to it. 2 Many nations will come and say, “Come and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD And to the house of the God of Jacob, That He may teach us about His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For from Zion will go forth the law, Even the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 3 And He will judge between many peoples And render decisions for mighty, distant nations. Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they train for war. 4 Each of them will sit under his vine And under his fig tree, With no one to make them afraid,

B. Helpful Quotes

Patristic

Erasmus
Peace is the highest good to which even the lovers of the world turn all their efforts.,
War is such a monstrous pursuit that it’s proper only for beasts, not men; so crazy that even the poets suppose Furies bring it upon us; so infectious that it spreads moral corruption far and near; so unjust that it’s most effectively waged by the most cruel of thieves;so impious that it’s utterly detestable to Christ. And so at last shall appear, how great madness it is, with so great tumult, with so great labors, with such intolerable expenses, with so many calamities, affectionately to desire war: whereas agreement might be bought with far less price.(http://san.beck.org/GPJ12-Erasmus,Anabaptists.html)

Reformers

Martin Luther
What the proverb says is true: ‘War is pleasant to those who have not experienced it.’ For young folk–who still have young, hot blood–consider nothing finer than the glory and the victory of war, by which they can shine. These carnal inclinations are easily extinguished later on, when such folk have experienced their own and their relatives’ calamity. But before these calamities strike, the world is ignorant of the blessings of peace, and war truly is pleasant to those who have never experienced it. Histories show this. In them seditious people often denounce peace. Since men usually become sluggish and coward in times of quiet, they desire war as a sowing for glory and an opportunity for showing their courage
It is not right to start a war whenever any frantic lord takes it into his head. For at the very outset I want to say, before saying anything else, that he who starts a war is wrong and that it is just for him who draws the sword first to be defeated or at least to be punished in the end. (www.strike-the-root.com/3/schultz/schultz1.html)

Modern

C.H. Spurgeron
So combustible are the materials of which this great world is made, that I am ever apprehensive of war. I do not account it wonderful that one nation should strive against another, I account if far more wonderful that they are not all at arms. Whence come wars and fightings? Come they not from your lusts? Considering how much lust there is in the world, we might well conceive that there would be more war than we see. Sin is the mother of wars; and remembering how plentiful sin is, we need not marvel if it brings forth multitudes of them. We may look for them. If the coming of Christ be indeed drawing nigh, then we must expect wars and rumors of wars through all the nations of the earth. (www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance37.html)

III. My Position

While it is ideal for the Christian to persue peace with all men, It seems Scripture teaches that peace will not be found until the fullness of Christ’s Kingdom. Therefore until that time, “War is a necessary Evil”. It does seem that there is a distinction in the reason and methods by which the righteous wage war and the reason and methods of unbelievers. It is the duty of the saints to go to and wage war (if necessary), according to standards taught in Scripture. For the Christian, if war must be waged, then it must be done so in a God honoring way.

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