B F & M – Peace and War

Voicing our opinions and convictions are some things we Baptists are known for.  Every Christian has an opinion about anything, and sometimes everything.  There are some pretty heavy and hard debates over some things as well.  I believe that we can disagree without being disagreeable.  Or, you might even say, Without going to war over it.

As Christians we should never desire war.  Whether it is in a foreign land or within our own; war should be avoided when, and if it is possible to maintain freedom, and preserve life.

It is my opinion and I believe also one of Scripture that the passive approach to war is futile to our existence.  When we are faced with extinction by an invader in our homes it would be right to protect our family.  There are not too many USA citizens who would disagree.  The same is true when our Nation is attacked.  Rather than being defensive there must be an offensive attack.

As with the war in Iraq, we are supposed to be there in an offensive war, due to the attacks of September 11, 2001.  I realize many do not see it that way, and that is okay.  Saddam Hussein was a threat to the people of Iraq, the United States of America, and to the world.  He needed to be dealt with.  God does not frown on us defending our lives and our liberty; and/or the lives and liberty of others.

Here is our Statement of Faith on the subject of “Peace and War”:

“XVI. Peace and War

It is the duty of Christians to seek peace with all men on principles of righteousness. In accordance with the spirit and teachings of Christ they should do all in their power to put an end to war.

The true remedy for the war spirit is the gospel of our Lord. The supreme need of the world is the acceptance of His teachings in all the affairs of men and nations, and the practical application of His law of love. Christian people throughout the world should pray for the reign of the Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 2:4; Matthew 5:9,38-48; 6:33; 26:52; Luke 22:36,38; Romans 12:18-19; 13:1-7; 14:19; Hebrews 12:14; James 4:1-2.”

Some time ago I was listening to a News interview of a former Muslim terrorist.  He was asked, how terrorist are convinced to stop being terrorists?.  His answer was enlightening and encouraging.  He said, “Most cease being terrorists because of Christianity”.  He is actually saying that these former terrorist, including himself, stop being terrorists because they had trusted Jesus Christ as Savior.

If we desire peace rather than war with those who are terrorists; those who are threatening to destroy America; those who hate our freedom, our faith, our culture, and really our God; then, we must pray for God’s intervention in their hearts.  Only a changed heart for Christ Jesus will convince them to cease and desist from their terror on the world.

We must pray for peace.  We must pray for the Prince of Peace, who is our Lord and Savior, to come and give peace in the world.  He is the only true source of peace on earth.

Come quickly Lord Jesus.

-T.A.

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