I have been watching with growing distress as Christians have been beating the war drums, bringing to public attention the deeds of our enemy and advocating for war waged with guns, bullets, bombs, and the lives of those capable of using these man made tools. They have appealed to our passions and recounted deeds that strikes fear into hearts of their fellow Christians. They have drawn a line in the sand, judging those who will speak for peace as naive, foolish, weak and boldly declare if you are not in agreement with their cry for war then you are aiding the enemy. Yet in reality their call for war is also a call to depart from the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ, to spit on Christ’s teachings and declare that the ways of the true enemy is superior to the teachings of Jesus Christ. It should also be noted that those who call for war can not and will not go to war themselves and most who call for war will be quick to forget those that they have sent, and will do nothing to help those when they return. The horrors of man’s war with other men does nothing but darken the souls of those that are caught up in it, this darkness blinds us from God and His love, it dishonors the sacrifice of Christ and the martyrs who truly demonstrated Christ’s way. Did not Christ say
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Pray with me now, for prayer is truly our first recourse in this.
In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit:
Lord Jesus Christ be with us in our time of trial, let us not be blinded by fear, let us not repay evil for evil, let us not be mislead by the lies of the enemy, let us not take up the weapons of this world, yet teach us how to use Your superior ways. Lead us to Your wisdom, give us Your peace, for we are incapable of doing anything without Your divine assistance, and everything we do of our own will turns to ruin if it is done contrary to Your will. Prepare us to do the work that You command, help us to forgive our enemies as You have forgiven us. Amen.
We as Christians must not do the will of the enemy, or participate in any way in the ways of the sword, or encourage others into this sinful path. We must follow the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the martyrs.