Monday, 26 January 2015
What is War?
Both the world and the church see war as a cause of concern. Both talk about the ethics and morality of war, reasons for war and whether one should support war. One needs to ask what is the essence of war before such questions can be answered. War is the destruction of human life, humans created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), each and every one of them who God loves infinitely, no matter how rebellious, stubborn or hateful of God they may be. God created absolutely each and every single human being for His glory. That is the ultimate purpose of life for each and every single person.
War, must be called what it is: murder. Then only can a proper, wise discussion of war proceed. War is always murder. It is the intentional destruction of human life with knowledge that human life will be destroyed. Even the mere thought of war being "possibly" justifiable is wicked in the eyes of the Lord because He detests hands that shed innocent blood (Proverbs 6:16-17). War always is perpetrated to shed innocent blood. Before you say, "the people against whom the war is waged are wicked", look at yourself and ask whether you deserve the life God has given you. Every breath we have is given by grace including yours. So, take the log out of your eye before telling other nations to take the stick our of theirs. No one "deserves" life, neither you or the nation you hate.
War is murder, because it expresses a hateful vengeance against other human beings. Murder offends God because it is hate, and it also a means of expressing one's desire to usurp and challenge the authority of God to judge the wicked.