A Christian Response to Evil and Violence
The world is full of injustice; terrible things that leave someone to wonder how they are to respond to such atrocities. For many throughout time, the answer to such injustice was to meet violence with violence; an eye for an eye. Human nature beckons us to fight back, and pride tells us that the violence which we commit is justifiable against the evil violence which we fight against.
For some, this conversation is only thought of in the field of politics. For how can a nation NOT react against injustice with force? It is in thinking about this subject through the eyes of government that our own personal stances become intertwined with the stance of our nation. If our government calls us to war, then we are certainly fighting for a just cause. If our commander calls us to fire, then our bullet will certainly only be used to kill evil.
But what is a Christian to do when Christ calls us to love our enemies, to pray for those that persecute us, and to turn the other cheek? What is a Christian to do within a country that calls for Allegiance, and a God who calls us to Follow His will?
In this series, I will attempt to explain my own position through biblical and philosophical explanations of an incredibly complex issue. I do not claim that what I write in this series is absolute truth, but I would say that the points that I will make have been thought through thoughtfully, and prayerfully.
In doing so, I do so humbly, and I want to make clear that I pass no judgement on those of differing opinions, for I realize that this is a very complex issue. In addition, I would like to clarify that I respect both service men and women, as well as conscientious objectors.
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