This coming Sunday at Harvest Bible Chapel of Jacksonville is “Military Appreciation Sunday.” I am excited about this opportunity to give honor to those our active military and our veterans. I will be sharing a special message about the two kinds of war we are prepared to fight: the physical and the spiritual.
There are generally three views of war among Christians. Supporting Bible verses are appealed to for each view. The vast majority of Christians fall into the view I hold to, what is commonly called the “Just War” position. I fully recognize that there are many variations within each of the three views:
I believe a strong and prepared military is a necessity for our country. I also believe that we have biblical justification for being ready to fight:
1. Because there is evil in the world (Genesis 6.5; Romans 3.15-18; 2 Timothy 3.1-4).
2. Because God has established the right of self-defense (Exodus 22.2-3; Nehemiah 4.13-14; Luke 22.36).
3. Because one of the major reasons God ordained government is for protecting the people (Romans 13.1-4).
4. Because sometimes governments must act with force to stop injustice (Psalm 82.4; Ecclesiastes 3.8; Proverbs 24.6; Genesis 15.16).
Therefore, God has the government the authority to have a military:
> to protect us from harm.
> to enable us to live in freedom.
As Richard Grenier wrote, “People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
…then I wonder if it makes anyone think twice about supporting the death of Terri Schaivo. A man in England, in the same state as Schaivo, turns out to have been conscious all along.
NBC decided not to accept this ad for the Super Bowl saying that the NFL and NBC were not interested in advertisements “involving political candidates or issues.”
100-0. That was the final score of a recent girls’ high school basketball game in Texas. Quick, what words come to your mind when you read that score?
Should a Christian drink alcoholic beverages? Christians are divided on the subject. Some Christians, known as prohibitionists, believe that drinking alcoholic beverages is morally wrong. Another group, known as abstentionists, believe that abstaining from use of alcoholic beverages is the wise and loving position. A final group, called the moderationists, believe that drinking alcoholic beverages is acceptable provided they are not abused to the point of drunkenness. All Christians agree that drunkenness is a sin.
Which view is correct?