Why I am confused that "Christians" love warSubmitted by wraiththirteen on Fri, 12/16/2011 - 14:24
As we know the religious right tends to be pro war, but as a Christian, who is a fundamental baptist, with a degree in pastoral theology, and am on deputation for the purpose of going to foreign missions, I am confused. Please note I am trying to go through theology and point out why war mongering Christians are very wrong according to the Bible (and indirectly why Dr. Paul is right according to the scriptures on his stand on war)
If you study the Bible at all you will find that on the cross Jesus prayed for those that killed him saying to forgive them. You will find that after he rose from the dead that he told his disciples to go and spread the gospel, not seek revenge. furthermore if you go to the book of acts we find a young man named Stephen who simply ministered to widows who got questioned and after answering the questions according to the Bible he get stoned, and he like Christ prayed that his murders would be forgiven. In fact it is an easily seen theme in the new testament of the Bible that Christians are severally persecuted, tried, tortured, executed, and the only thing they seek is to spread the Gospel of Christ. In contrast to that today,s "religious right" seems terrified that they will die, and are so scared of death that they want a preemptive strike to make sure they don't die. This is a severe difference between New testament Christians, who gladly laid down their lives so that the gospel would spread, and today's "Christians" who simply want to go to war to protect themselves at all cost.
Many times when this issue is brought up a Christian will bring up king David and say that they are simply like David (which is honestly comical). But it is important to note that David was not allowed to build the temple specifically because he had fought many wars. As a christian that wants to see people get saved that should be troubling, furthermore, it was when a man of peace Solomon showed up that the temple was finally able to be built (note this should get an actual pro war Christian who believes in leading other people to Christ, to start changing his mind on the wars).
throughout the centuries it is the Gospel of peace that has brought peace. For example in the new Hebrides islands was a group of cannibals that missionaries wanted to give the gospel to. The first two men that landed there were immediately clubbed to death before they could even get out of the boat, slaughtered, cooked, and eaten, in full view of the ship that had just brought them from England (I imagine if this had been done today we would invade the new Hebrides and kill a bunch of them pick out a couple of the locals that we like and install a new government) Word of this reached Scotland and it touched the heart of a man named John Paton. He decided that he was going to bring those people the Gospel, upon announcing his intentions a man in the church said "john the cannibals will eat you" John responded "sir you are getting up in years and soon you will die and be put in the ground and the worms cannibals will eat me or worms will eat me as long as I spread the gospel". This man went to those cannibals and for five years suffered extreme persecution, came back and told his story to the protestants in Scotland and 1 out of 6 of them became foreign missionaries, and in a few short decades without the aid of war or guns turned all the cannibal islands Christian. There have been dozens of books written on how many men and their families lost their lives doing this, but they did it without war (certainly in contrast to how "Christians" and our country are handling the middle east). A particularly good biography to read is James Chalmers who went to New Guinea, who was so successful that the natives gave him a new name and even though there is over a dozen languages in that island in every one his name means peace.
Finally often times it is said that we have to go to war to protect Israel because if we do not they will be wiped out but the Bible is very clear that they will not be. If anyone including Bachman says if we don't stop so and so from such in such (including but not limited to building nuclear weapons) then Israel will be wiped out, what they just said is they do not believe the Bible and they need to be called on it, particularly if they make claims to believe the Bible. (like the religious right) And instead we should point out that America telling Israel to give up more land ticks God off. There are actually news paper articles that you can google that shows where Israel gave up land one year and on the same page it shows a hurricane hitting then president bushes house, there is another showing hurricane Catrina hitting new Orleans and Israel giving more land to Palestine because we made them. So America would get more of Gods favor by leaving them alone instead of interfering all the time.
Jesus said blessed are the peace makers, now the buzz phrase going around is that we are bringing peace with war. IN the book of James it says that a double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Jesus came to bring peace. And he died for it.
Christians in the Bible and history were ok to die for the gospel and were very unwilling to go to war over it. (by Christians I do not mean Catholics but that is another subject entirely if you want more on that read the foxes book of martyrs)
David went to war but that made him unqualified to build the temple
Christians in recent history have changed nations with the gospel without the use of guns
we don't help Israel with our current foreign policy we basically screw Israel with our current foreign policy.
Christians that say war brings peace are crazy and the Bible calls them on it. (heck even the revolutionary war only brought peace because of our diplomats in England Like Dr Paul says diplomacy is good)