William Tecumseh Sherman said, “War is Hell.”
A pastor friend said to me, “War is not Hell. Hell is a place where certain people deserve to be, but war is a place where innocent women and children are killed. And they don’t deserve that.”
No doubt war is horrible. It is something no sane person wants. Yet many people are asking, “Is war ever right?”
Jesus teaches us to love our enemies and to seek to be peacemakers. Certainly, every Christian should. God’s Word teaches that God has ordained government to administer justice, to defend and protect citizens, and to punish evil. How do we reconcile what seems to be contradictory teaching in God’s Word? Jesus teaches us about the attitude of the individual and, later in God’s Word, we learn about the role of government.
Let us pray for our government leaders and military personnel to protect and defend its citizens, to administer justice and to punish evil effectively. Let us pray that when we have to go war for a just cause, that we’ll be blessed with victory and a minimal loss of life.