“Christians and War”
Friday, July 5.
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher power. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God (Romans 13:1).
Isn’t it true that we are to submit to a higher power? The authorities that is placed over us? True. But do we follow the authority when the authority go to war? It is a difficult position for many Christians. It is good to know what our Lord says about war.
We must first and foremost know that war is is naturally the consequence of sin. Not all war is legitimate. Most conflicts are fueled by evil intentions and desires. Some conflict are propelled by right or wrong. There is no way one can say God likes bloodshed. Yet, evil must be forcefully resisted for the wicked not to prevail.
In our verse today, we clearly see that God established government as a means of promoting good and restraining evil. Some rulers avuse their power thereby creating war. In this vain, God allowed war to protect the innocent. As we ponder on such difficult question, let us remember that Jesus Christ will come and conquer sin and death, and peace will reign (Revelation 19:11-16).
Memory verse: Deuteronomy 20:1.
“War is sweet to those who haven’t experienced it” (Latin: on war and peace).