Wednesday, February 15, 2006
The myth of peace on Earth
The President has been derided for being both too religious and not religious enough, even, unbelievably, when it comes to the conflict in Iraq. War is an action of government, not of private citizens. And as head of state, the President has the right to declare war (with the approval of Congress) without regard to his personal belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ. I find it ironic that those who insist there must be a separation of church and state, also find it convenient to accuse the President of not exercising his personal Christian beliefs in the conduct of government!
But suppose it was granted by all that the President's actions were inseparable from his faith. Would he be violating the principles of Jesus' teachings if he was not a "peacemaker," but declared war on another nation? No, and the premise that Jesus was a pacifist, against all conflict, is in error.
- Jesus never, ever, taught "peace on earth" apart from His Kingdom.
- Jesus said that His peace is not the peace of the world [John 14:27]. It is peace between God and man [Romans 5:1].
- Jesus said His message would be divisive--even inciting violence, but not unifying and peaceful [Matthew 10:33-35].
- Jesus used illustrations of war when He taught His followers [Luke 14:31]
- Jesus said there would be many more wars to come [Matthew 24 and others]
Jesus is the ultimate warmonger!