Friday, March 07, 2008

A War of Love, Not a Love of War

The sixth commandment leads us to love human life. Thus if at all possible we want to avoid shedding blood. Does this outlaw all war? Not at all. In fact, when we love our neighbor, we will defend his life against those who would take it unjustly. In a sinful world, it is sometimes necessary for us to love even to the point of laying down our lives for our friends. It is also sometimes necessary for us to take the lives of those who are intent on wrecking and destroying human life. That is why, for the Christian, war must be a function of love. Biblical love understands what true justice is and what godly peace is, and what is necessary to exercise justice in a wicked world. Biblical love also looks forward to the day when all swords will be beaten into plowshares because the loving ruler of the world, Jesus Christ, will be exercising his full dominion. Christians do not love war, but because of our faith and because of our God, we will wage a war of love.

Jesus Shall Reign (#51)
Crown Him with Many Crowns (#52)
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (#588)
Who Would True Valor See (#508)
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (#137)
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name (#36)

Scripture Reading
Psalm 144

The Command to Love Human Life (Part 4): A War of Love, Not a Love of War

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