Tonight I had what I will respectfully call a "debate" with my fiance. We are both Christians, we both believe in, and love Jesus, but, as with most Christians, we have completely different views on many things. To make a long story short, our debate was about self defense and war. Now, unless I got it wrong, and I don't believe I did because we have had this "debate" many times, my fiance believes that violence should not be an option. She believes in all circumstances we should put our faith in God. Now, she has also trained in ju-juitsu, karate, kick boxing, and owns a gun, so she is not without knowledge of the means of self defense. She also can point to bible scripture that would seem to back up her feelings. For example, Matthew 5:38-39, "You have heard it said, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. However I say to you, do not resist him that is wicked, but whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other also to him." She told me that if someone were to come into the house to take her away that she would not fight back or resist, but put her full faith in God. This shows a great faith in God, but that is not my dilemma. This is a belief held by a lot of Christians.
I then pointed out the new testament scripture, Luke 22:36-38 which say's, " Then he said to them, but now let the one who has a purse take it up, likewise also a food pouch, and let the one having no sword sell his outer garment and buy one. For I tell you that this which is written must be accomplished in me, namely. And he was reckoned with lawless ones. For that which concerns me is having an accomplishment. Then they said, "Lord, look! here are two swords. And he said to them, It is enough."
Now, we could go back and forth with scripture, both old and new testament, justifying our position, but that would just be humans trying to figure out Gods will. It's all in the interpretation. Here is my moral question. When the Nazi's were committing genocide against our Jewish brothers and sisters and killing millions of others, did it offend God that we went to war to defeat them? When we picked up arms against our fellow countrymen to free our black brothers and sisters from murder, rape and the atrocity of slavery, did we sin against God?
To get more personal, if I encounter a man trying to rape a woman on the street, and, having the ability to stop him, instead do nothing, have I pleased God with my non violence?
Even closer to home, if a man breaks into my house and tries to rape a loved one, and I use deadly force to stop him, have I angered God? This is my dilemma. I don't want to be wrong.
I will pray about this every day. I will do what I think is right in God's eyes. If necessary, I will defend the weak, I will defend my family, I will defend my neighbors and my Country. I will do this until God answers my prayers and tells me I am wrong. I ask all of you who read this to comment on what you believe is God's will. Maybe God will answer me through one of you. Thank you.
This is Paul Revere, and even though this isn't a political article, I am still reminding you,
"THE RED COATS ARE COMING"