I’ve received many requests this week to share my thoughts on the current turmoil abroad. So, I will share a small part of my own opinions of the current political and strategic analysis and then lay out the five Biblical guidelines for a Just War. With these guidelines in hand, I think you can better draw your opinions about how the President and Congress can attempt to develop a workable and godly foreign policy—or not. Remember, these are my thoughts. Pray and determine yours.
Wicked, selfish, power-hungry, evil, men are loose in the world. Psychopaths and/or sociopaths are on the loose in places of leadership in many nations. Vicious attackers roam in Ukraine, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Turkey, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ukraine, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, France, England, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Tunisia.
Vladimir Putin attacked Ukraine unprovoked, bombing civilians, including a children’s and maternity hospital.
Terrorists attacked the Trade Center on 9/11 and killed thousands.
Hitler’s Holocaust murdered over six million Jews, Homosexuals, and Gypsies.
Saddam Hussein set out to destroy an entire race when he used poison gas against the Kurds in northern Iraq.
Joseph Stalin murdered, shot, and tortured to death an estimated 40,000,000 Russians during and after World War II. He was psychotic and paranoid, with a borderline personality disorder.
The Khmer Rouge utilized genocide in Cambodia to wipe out over one-half of a nation’s innocent citizens.
It makes my heart hurt to imagine the pain and suffering so many have experienced… and until Jesus returns and we see a new heaven and a new earth, suffering will continue on a global scale.
But don’t miss this. America is not exempt from inflicting mayhem.
- American settlers decimated the Cherokee Indians in Kentucky in 1790.
- What we did to the Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee was unquestionably immoral and wicked.
- We slaughtered Philippine freedom fighters as we invaded the Philippines in the 1920s and 30s for political conquest.
We continue to face terrorism on the home front. Russia and ISIL have crossed the line, attacking innocent civilians, and we do little to defend the defenseless. More significantly, our Christians pray little and cower in fear. Our leaders stand aside, mired in political posturing. How embarrassing for America.
I have not even begun to scratch the surface of the racial tensions and problems facing us at home and abroad.
Teddy Roosevelt’s foreign policy was characterized by his slogan: “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” He used it to complete the Panama Canal, send the Great White Fleet on a world tour to demonstrate American power, and negotiated an end to the Russo-Japanese War, for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Today we are doing the opposite. We are speaking loudly and carrying a little stick.
So, let’s take a moment to look at the guidelines for war God provided in His Word. They are CLEAR. They are RELEVANT. And they are COMMANDS.
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