An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Make War, Not Love

(Proverbs 20:18 KJV)  Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

One of the issues that divide Christians is the issue of “war” (4421).  Some would say that war is always wrong.  As far as I know there are no responsible people who always say war is the answer in every situation.  So we have a conflict between those who say “never” and those who say “sometimes.”  Notice that war is not condemned here.  It is assumed.  It is to be controlled, not banned.

Don’t assume because people quote Jesus on turning the other cheek that the clear teaching of the Bible is pacifism.  This has been a topic of conversation down through history.  It has not been swept under the rug.  Historic Christianity is not blind or ignorant.  For today notice that wisdom and careful consideration are the modifiers not banning. 

So?  War is always destructive.  It is never pleasant.  It is to be approached with caution.  Sometimes it seems to be necessary. 


Gorges Smythe said...

Many Christians ignore that Jesus once told his disciples to buy swords before one missionary trip on which he sent them.

Pumice said...

But those same people always remember that you are supposed to turn your other cheek.

Grace and peace.