Monday, May 14, 2012

"Joining the military"

Re the comment about the military....and "all this talk about nonviolence" . . . .

First, my emphasis has not been on "nonviolence" but more on responding to people and situations from Holy Spirit.  A person who has not truly surrendered to Christ, but then takes on a policy or mindset of ie., "nonviolence" . . . is still the same "old man" but with a veneer of some superficial morality.  A Stalin who hates God, rejects Jesus, loves power,  prideful, is his own god . . . who decides one day to practice "nonviolence" may indeed spare a lot of people some physical suffering, but he is still the same unregenerate, wicked lover of self bound for hell.

I think there is clear justification for self defense and protecting the helpless and needy.  I would not hesitate, if I saw someone being abused to step in and try to protect them, remove, and possibly disable the attacker.  For instance,  Psalm 82:4: "Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked." And there are plenty other passages of similar character and directive.

And I don't view Jesus as an effeminate, doe-eyed shrinking pacifist.  He is also the supreme warrior doing battle with the greatest of the powers of darkness.  This life is warfare, contention, tests and trials and we are surrounded by enemies and under assault continuously.

I am only reaffirming that . . . actually the greatest and fiercest weapons in this warfare are of a (Holy) spiritual character and design and NOT the same as those of the wicked.  They are superior, more devastating.  And they come about when you stop reacting from your fallen, unregenerate self whose instincts are to return and eye for an eye and live by the sword.  Instead, the sword of truth, which is the Spirit, and the two-edged sword sharper than any other (TRULY! This isn't just poetry!) which is the Word of God.

God has at times sanctioned and even commanded warfare, even slaughter.  Now, He commands love, but sometimes love may need to get its hands dirty . . . in defense of the innocently afflicted and to effect justice.  The unregenerate soul does not discern properly when and how such action might be required and will almost always (regardless of asserted justifications) respond with some sort of hidden, self-serving agenda.

But the soul who has genuinely submitted to the Lord and is led by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God will almost always respond according to the will of God, which may or may not include a "militaristic" type action.

A legalistic tendency will want to have a hard and fast, absolute rule or law to govern the question, ie., "a Christian can NEVER join the military or react violently . . . OR . . . a Christian MUST submit to the demands of country and military service if it required by (state) authority.

Those who want to avoid the moment to moment . . . constant relationship . . . with the Living God and grow in continuing dying to (the old) self . . . rush to have some sort of simple, all encompassing rule or law governing any such situation . . . . Then, such a person can go back to sleep, avoid the Spirit, and just let legalism rule in any instance, rather than being in a state of unceasing prayer and communion with the Lord.

So, depending on the situation . . . where the Bible contains directions which sometimes condone self defense and defense of the weak and needy . . . but also commands love and NOT returning evil for evil . . . a person may or may not "join the military."  Anyway, with all due respect to differing opinions--especially Biblically--that is what I understand from scripture . . . .

5 comments:

Cunneda said...

Well said, my friend.

Mark said...

Watched the movie the war horse over the weekend.My favorite line is "Fear God and then the King"...or Something along those Lines.

God bless

Anonymous said...

You said: A legalistic tendency will want to have a hard and fast, absolute rule or law to govern the question, ie., "a Christian can NEVER join the military or react violently

So, I assume that if your family were hungry, you condone leaving yourself the option of stealing food, since a rule against stealing would be legalistic? thats2bad @ hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Yes, it is extremely difficult to love one's enemies, but Yeshua said we must do this and I keep working on it. I don't hate anyone for who they are, I just despise the wickedness they are spreading.
However, I believe as followers we must resist the evil that exists in the world. "Love the sinner but hate the sin." Prayer is the ultimate power that exists, and I pray daily against the wickedness that exists.
It is all too easy to take the stance that Jesus wins in the end, so why bother to resist?
I don't think the Father or Jesus would want us to take that attitude.
John

BJ said...

Ecclesiastes 5:8
8 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.

Sounds like someone is telling us to mind our own business and let God take care of things.

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