Christianity and Wars

The following started out as a reply to Roger’s comment on my post The Truth Hurts, but it got a little lengthy, so I thought I would post it here for everyone to see and comment on. If the subject matters of religion, politics, and war interest you, I’d urge you to go back an read that previous post and all associated comments, then come back here to continue the discussion.

Roger, first of all – thanks for stopping by.

Telling people to leave if they don’t like it was really more tongue-in-cheek than anything else.

You don’t have to like what Bush is doing, and you’re certainly allowed to believe whatever you want about the legality or ethics of it, but even Jesus Christ himself said that such wars are inevitable. I really don’t want to turn this into a debate about religion, but I do want to take the opportunity to spell out what I believe and back it up with some scripture. Have a look at Matthew 24:

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Now I admit, you’ve got my brain working hard this morning with the statement “I think of Christ as a man of peace.” While I almost agree with it on the surface, after thinking for a few minutes, I can’t. I may be wrong, and I’m definitely going to be thinking about this some more, but while our Lord and Savior is the Prince of Peace, I think there are just too many instances in the Bible where God did send Christians out to be offensive and to right something wrong in the world. He even stated in Matthew 10:34 that He didn’t come to bring peace, but a sword.

So what would Christ have done? I don’t know, but I like Mike Huckabee’s answer from the CNN/YouTube debate.

In closing, and with all the Christianity-related stuff above aside, I’ll argue to my grave with anyone who disagrees with the fact that Iraq, Afghanistan, the United States, and the rest of the world is a safer place today than it was six years ago. Much safer.