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“Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.” – Henry Kissinger
Picture if you will Jesus.
Can you imagine Jesus firing a machine gun at a group of people? Can you picture Jesus in an F-16 lobbing missiles at innocents?
Do you see Jesus piloting a drone and killing Muslims, other non-believers, or anyone for that matter? Can you picture Jesus as a sniper?
Because if God loved wars, He’d be wrong; but He’s not wrong, so He doesn’t love wars.
THE OLD COVENANT
Some point to the various killings in the Old Testament to somehow “prove” that God always had a blood lust, and that He often commanded the ancient Hebrews to kill in wars.
What they don’t understand is that the Hebrews then were an extension of God’s army on earth. God used them to remove the wicked from the face of the earth. So when they killed on God’s order in specific and directed circumstances – which cannot be transferred to today’s circumstances – it was God’s doing, not theirs.
“The LORD your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you…” Deuteronomy 20:4
But, as the prophet Zechariah prophesied, with the advent of Christ everything would change.
” ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.” Zechariah 4:6
JESUS AND THE NEW COVENANT
“The wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” James 1:20
Ever since Jesus’s birth, death, and resurrection the world has not been the same.
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5: 17
If anyone really knows Christ, he knows there is no such thing as a Just War nor a Just War Doctrine. Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross was for the renewal of the world through peace – hence His name the Prince of Peace – and for the salvation of man’s soul through the New Covenant in His blood – hence life eternal, not death and destruction.
“Then Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.’ ” Matthew 26: 52
“You have heard that it was said, ‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.…” Matthew 5: 38,39