Tuesday, April 3, 2007

War Hurts

War. It's a strange topic. I have heard many different opinions on war lately. Most of which say generally the same two things: it is sometimes necessary, and it is never unnecessary. I am not quite sure what I think about it. I know that until Messiah returns, no matter how hard people try, we will never be rid of it. In fact, the Bible promises that it will only get worse.

But, as Christians, what should our stance be on the issue of war. I am not sold either way. I am not as strong in the war camp as I once was. But, and not seeing any other alternative in other instances. Yet, at the same time, I have a hard time imagining that God would be okay with me killing someone, regardless if they were going to kill me or not. But then again, what about being defenders of those that can't help themselves. But then again, what if we are the offenders?

I may not know the answer, but I do know this. War sucks, and it hurts people. People that are created in the image of God, the imago Dei. I recently was sitting next to an African refugee who is studying at the seminary here at Multnomah as he said this: War is ugly. It creates orphans, harms innocent people, and creates an environment of fear and hatred....God is always on the side of the oppressed...any chance we have to speak out against war, we should. As Christians, we should never allow a thing to happen that is going to do what war does to people.

This man had been a refugee 4 or 5 times. He grew up in a place that was constantly in war. Guns, bombs, death, hatred fear...these were his life. As Christians, how are we supposed to respond to that. As Americans, I am not sure that we can. We have no idea what it is like to be this man. We have no idea what it is like to be someone living in the middle of a war. To be someone who just buried their innocent family member because of war. We have no clue. We see war from a distance. We don't have to go to sleep smelling it.

I am not sure what I think about war. But, I know it is not something to be taken lightly. If anyone has any thoughts on this, i would love to hear them.


  1. Mike, I went through some similar thoughts a few months back about war. I wrote about it some on my blog and boy did I get some heated responses!

    The conclusion I came to is that without war innocent people suffer and with war innocent people suffer so as Christians we have to be for wars that stop suffering and on the ground to help the suffering once war starts.

  2. I read your blog. It was very thought provoking, especially all the responding comments and discussion. I think that i am in pretty much the same boat as you on this issue. Do you still feel pretty much the same as you did when the discussion ended?

  3. I think the war in Iraq is stupid.
    I think the second world war was worthy.
    The civil war abolished slavery at the cost 600,000 lives.
    The American revolution was unfounded biblically, but I am glad it happened so that I wouldn't be eating marmolade on bread.

  4. Mike - Yeah, I still feel the same. War is ugly, but love says that you help people who are helpless (including protecting our citizens) and sometimes war is the only way. But I also believe that once a war (any war) starts it should be Christians who respond with aid, help, and rebuilding. Because love also demands that we go and help these people.

    Jake - thanks for the thought provoking comments. Liese is having marmalade on toast this morning for breakfast. Really.

  5. Jake...I understand what you are saying, I do. But, I don't agree with you. As I think through what has been happening in Iraq, of course it breaks my heart that people are dying...but, I also have heard first hand of what is going on over there. I have heard first hand of the thankfulness and love from the people in Iraq.

    But, not only are people thankful for the good that is now happening over there, WE are safer. No matter what we believe the real reasons were for us going to war, Iraq was, and still is in a sense, a threat to us...a threat to their own people.

    What should we do with that? I don't know. But, I agree with Danny. We are in a war now, and pulling out will not help things get better. Our job as Christians is not to change the world into our ideal, we take what we have and we redeem it for Christ. We need to be in there and showing the Love of Christ.

    I will write more about this later on maybe. I am in class and talking about Philosophy and writing this at the same time. So, sorry if this is scatterbrained.