Posts tagged ‘war’

April 13, 2012

Is It War?

by pastortimfowler

When I was in the Navy, we got to hang around with Marines quite a bit. The Marines have an amazing way of taking something as stressful as what they are called to do and making it look easy and some of the strangest comments about war that I have heard have come from a Marine. I don’t think that anyone really likes war, and some would say that there is never a time for war, but the fact of the matter is that there are wars and they are not pretty.
One Marine friend of mine said that he was taught in boot camp that war was about killing people and breaking things and that is why God created Marines. That may sound overly simplistic, but in reality it is very true. Somehow we have gotten this idea that wars can be fought with minimum of either one of those things happening. If we only had a smarter bomb or better intelligence, we could not kill as many people and break fewer things. But that will only lengthen the time it takes for the ones that you are fighting to give up and surrender. Remember that old saying, “all’s fair in love and war”? There was a reason behind that saying and it wasn’t so that fewer people would die and less buildings explode. As long as we try to make a war a good one and a cleaner and safer war, we are going to be terribly disappointed. Wars are not meant to go on forever and are not meant to be political. They are about killing people and breaking things and whoever kills the most and breaks the most usually wins.
The other day my blog was about words and their meanings. War is one of those words that we have used to the point of not really understanding what it is. When I was a teen, the USA started the war on drugs. Now we have marijuana just about legalized and more people than ever addicted to prescription drugs, not to mention the most addictive street drugs that have ever existed. We have a war on poverty that has only resulted in more people on food stamps than ever before.  What we in the USA consider poverty would be considered middle class in most other countries. The latest “war” that everyone is hearing about is a war against women. Supposedly, if you don’t believe the same way about birth control as someone else, that makes you at war against half of the people on the planet. Come on people, these things are not wars.
There is one war that few recognize, but it is about killing people and breaking things. It is a spiritual war for your soul. Satan wants to kill, steal and destroy. He wants to deceive and lead souls to an eternal death. Satan wants to destroy marriages, and the lives of our children by fooling them into thinking that they are just some sort of mistake that resulted in our existence. He wants to destroy your reality by getting you addicted to drugs and alcohol. He wants people to think that the most important thing in life is the fun that you can have and that the thought of a God that is the ultimate King of the universe is only for people who are weak-minded and uneducated.
God has given us victory over all of this, but He is not drafting people to fight on His side. He is accepting volunteers and is willing to equip those who join the fight with everything needed to defeat the enemy. The Bible describes the final battle in this war as one where Satan and his followers are destroyed and their kingdoms wiped out. Those who are on the winning side will take part in a Kingdom that on this earth is only a fantasy. The Kingdom of God, where there is finally peace and war no longer exists, because the real war was fought and the enemy and his stuff was destroyed.
God knows how to win a war.

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May 2, 2011

A time to kill.

by pastortimfowler

In the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3, we are told that there is a time for everything under the sun including a time to kill. You don’t know how many times I have read that and struggled with it. I have tried to remember that in the Old Testament God gave specific instructions to the armies of His people and told them at times to kill, and I am sure that has something to do with it, but, the Bible is timeless in its applications. As Christians we are to try to live peacefully with people and we are to love even our enemy and that makes it hard to find a time to kill.
So if we look to the New Testament it is very difficult to find a place to that says it is time to kill. That is why some Christians think they need to be pacifists and look like wimps. I disagree though. God has never wanted His people to look the weakest people on the planet. Instead He has always wanted us to be powerful under His strength and might. So I was doing some reading in Luke chapter 22 and Jesus tells his followers to buy a sword. No, He is not talking about a spiritual sword, He means a real one that could kill someone. You see when you are about doing what is right, people who do what is wrong will fight you. We need to be ready to fight for what is right if necessary.
I know that there are some who are saying, ‘Jesus didn’t fight’ and that is true, but He only refrained from the physical resistance of going to the cross. The ultimate fight was with death and Jesus won that fight by “killing” death. You and I are not being crucified for the world’s sin. We are to win souls by telling others of Jesus and His victory. But what if someone tries to stop you from doing that? Do we just lay down and roll over or do we fight? I say we fight. And I say we have God’s blessing if that fight becomes a physical one. Wow, I think I may have just started a Rednecks for Jesus movement. I am not saying if someone doesn’t want you to tell them about Jesus that you beat the snot out of them and kill them. This really has to do with a much bigger event.
What is all this about? Well today, we awoke to the news that Bin Laden was killed. Although most are rejoicing I am sure that some are struggling with killing anyone. But he was evil. He was against the cause of Christ. His religion was against Christianity and they sought to kill Christians and anyone who supported them. I believe this is a perfect example of when God was behind killing someone. God hates evil. I know that God would have rather had Bin Laden repent from his ways and find forgiveness in Christ, and I am sure that he had a chance to hear that message, but it didn’t happen and the God of justice who says ‘if you live by the sword you will die by the sword’ exacted justice on Bin Laden.
We, the USA, are a Christian nation, and many will seek to destroy us. We do our best to live in peace and help when it is needed. No other country does more in the name of helping humanity in a disaster than the USA. We give like no other nation. We help like no other nation. But when we need to fight, we do that like no other nation. I my humble opinion, this was, a time to kill.

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