Monday, May 12, 2008

War and Peace

As Christians we are supposed to love our neighbors...Yes that's right Jesus wasn't joking. So how does neighbor love take place in the context of war? Is it possible? It's funny to me that people throughout history have attempted to determine what is ethical, honorable, or acceptable in the context of war. This suggests that there is a proper and appropriate way to kill. Does this make any sense? Is there a humane way and and inhumane way of killing?

Don't hear me totally wrong. The courage that is often displayed in times of war by soldiers is to be honored. That someone would give their lives for something they believe in is a message that we as the church could learn alot from. Yet I look at the aftermath of war and cringe. Soldiers forever scarred with post traumatic stress. Nations devastated and oppressed with sanctions.

So my question is what is the role of the Christ follower in the context of war?

I haven't actually brought up the current war in Iraq, but I will say that some of the actions of the United States are completely and totally unjust.

What do mustard revolutionaries make of statements like "Those who live by the sword will die by the sword" and "Blessed are the peacemakers." etc.?

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