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.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Seeds for the Just War Theory

(Proverbs 24:17 KJV)  Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:

How is a Bible believing Christian to deal with the reality of war and violence in our world?  Currently terrorism is much on our minds.  Earlier in this chapter we find reference to war.
(Proverbs 24:6 KJV)  For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.
That makes it clear that war may at times be necessary.  Verse 17 would be part of the ideas of Just War Theory. 

Christians are sometimes compelled to fight but we cannot do so with hatred in our hearts.  We have enemies but we must still want the best for them.  Pagans do not understand that concept.  The idea of limited war is a modern concept.  It was demonstrated at the end of World War II where the United States set about rebuilding its previous enemies.  To some it seems impossible to love our enemies but that is our standard.

So?  Whether it is day to day contact with those who hate us or a world war, we are expected to act at a higher level that non-believers.  No one ever said it would be easy.

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