Christianity and War
by Laurence M. Vance
Aug 22, 2011
It is indeed strange that Christian people should be so accepting of war.
War is the greatest suppressor of civil liberties. War is the greatest
destroyer of religion, morality, and decency. War is the greatest creator of
fertile ground for genocides and atrocities. War is the greatest destroyer
of families and young lives. War is the greatest creator of famine, disease,
and homelessness. War is the health of the state.
But modern-day Christianity is in a sad state. There is an unholy desire on
the part of a great many Christians to legitimize killing in war. There
persists the idea among too many Christians that mass killing in war is
acceptable, but the killing of oneís neighbor violates the sixth
commandmentís prohibition against killing. Christians who wouldnít think of
using the Lordís name in vain blaspheme God when they make ridiculous
statements like "God is pro-war." Christians who try never to lie do so with
boldness when they claim they are pro-life, but refuse to extend their
pro-life sentiments to foreigners already out of the womb. Christians who
abhor idols are guilty of idolatry when they say that we should follow the
latest dictates of the state because we should always "obey the powers that
be." Christians who venerate the Bible handle the word of God deceitfully
when they quote Scripture to defend the latest U.S. military action.
Christians who claim to be dispensationalists wrongly divide the word of
truth when they appeal to the Old Testament to justify U.S. government wars.
Christians who claim to have the mind of Christ show that they have lost
their mind when they want the full force of government to protect a stem
cell, but have no conscience about U.S. soldiers killing for the government.
Many Christians have a warped view of what it means to be pro-life. Why is
it that foreigners donít have the same right to life as unborn American
babies? There should be no difference between being for abortion and for
war. Both result in the death of innocents. Both are unnecessary. Both cause
psychological harm to the one who signs a consent form or fires a weapon.
Why is it that to many Christians an American doctor in a white coat is
considered a murderer if he kills an unborn baby, but an American soldier in
a uniform is considered a hero if he kills an adult? In January of every
year, many churches observe Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Fine, but we need
ministers who are as concerned about killing on the battlefield as they are
about killing in the womb....
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