If my country was threatened would I fight?

As a Christian, no, I would not fight in defense of my country – and certainly not fight in the sense of having to kill someone, because how can a Christian make the conscious, deliberate choice to kill another human being?

The Bible makes it clear that Christians don’t kill people, based on the simple statement by Jesus that we treat other people as we’d like to be treated by them. And I don’t want to be killed by someone, nor, I believe, does anyone else want to be killed by me, so why would I think it’s right for me to kill someone who doesn’t want to be killed any more than I do? I conscientiously object, therefore, to being required to kill another human being.

But isn’t that a blatantly stupid choice on my part when threatened by an enemy that has no such objection to killing? Surely the only choice anyone has against an enemy like that is to kill or be killed, right?

Well, yes – when God isn’t in the picture. If we don’t believe God is our shield and defender then all we’re left with is self-defence by whatever means and methods we come up with to stop an enemy in his tracks. And the only truly effective method we’ve come up with so far is to kill others before they kill us. It works, yes, but at what cost to innocent children caught in the crossfire, and to all those families who lose the best of men – men who would normally never hurt a fly, hate the idea of killing, and will probably never recover mentally after killing someone?

The world endlessly ignores all that, however, and simply labels all conscientious objectors as being unpatriotic, short-sighted cowards. And many families never shake the shame piled on them because of someone in their family who refused to fight. Heroes, instead, are made of those who racked up the most kills, or lost their lives in acts of bravery, even if those acts of bravery involved killing good men, good fathers, good husbands, good citizens, and even fellow Christians.

But this is the corner we’ve painted ourselves into from still wanting to eat off the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, that makes us think we’re still capable of deciding on our own what is right and wrong, and who is good and who is evil, and how best to deal with evil too. We keep on taking to ourselves that right, and the results are always the same. That’s why I conscientiously object to it, and why shouldn’t I when God offered us a tree of life instead?

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: