I've been pondering this for some time now and I've come to a conclusion. Maybe the question isn't “Should we fight or not?” Maybe the question is “What is God’s best?”
In Genesis 1 we get a clear look at what God's best is, here we see what God wants for his children in the future.
Isa 11:6 “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
Isa 11:7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
Isa 11:8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice's den.
Isa 11:9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”
This is a picture of God's perfect plan, this peaceful and beautiful world he desires his children to
dwell in, with no war or fighting. Yes, war might be the “lesser of two evils.” But it's still evil!
So why not choose God's best?
Because we rejected God's best in the Garden of Eden, we reject God's best every time we sin.
When sin came into the world, God's best went away, and we were left with the obligation to have to
choose the “lesser of two evils.”
Gen 3:16 “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
Gen 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Gen 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
Gen 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
Gen 3:20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
Gen 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. “
Don't misunderstand what I'm saying. I'm not saying that we can't ever choose God’s best! But we can't
ever choose God's ABSOLUTE best in our sinful flesh, though one day we will once again be able to
choose God's best. But until that day comes we are forced to choose the lesser of two evils.
To go to war with a nation that is killing innocent women and children, to pull a gun on a man raping a
woman, to execute a murderer, to physically defend our families, and to war with a nation that is
invading our land to corrupt and control it, we cannot just ignore these things. In his last
hours on earth Jesus told his disciples to buy a sword (weapon) to show them, and us, that some of us
will be called to war.
Luk 22:36 “Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his
scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. “
Later Christ tells Peter to put away his sword.
Mat 26:52 “Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the
sword shall perish with the sword. “
Joh 18:11 “Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it? “
He did this to show us that there is a time for war and a time for peace, because only in two of the
accounts he condemns the sword. Because he was trying to tell us there is a time for war and a time for peace.
Ecc 3:8 “ A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. “
It is for a greater love we fight a nation corrupt with murder, it is for a greater love for a man to kill rapist, it is for a greater love we physically defend our families, it is for a greater love we execute
murderers, and it is for a greater love we fight. “Wow, sounds like that's treading on thin ice!”
Yes it is, that is why God gave us the Law in the Old Testament, to teach us how to deal with these
Therefore we MUST not throw out the Old Testament law. But rather, know that the God of all creation wrote it for our good to show us how to walk in this sinful, fallen, “lesser of two evils” world.