Peace or Justice?
"But their war, this way of setting differences is not just. This business of burning human beings with napalm, filling our nations homes with orphans and widows, injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of people normally humane, sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged; cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love.
A nation that continues year after year to spend more on military defense than programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. And don't let anybody make you think God chose America as his divine messianic force to be - a sort of policeman of the whole world. God has a way of standing before the nations with judgment and it seems I can hear God saying to America "you are too arrogant! And if you don't change your ways, I will rise up and break the backbone of your power, and I will place it in the hands of a nation that doesn't even know my name."I call on Washington today I call on every man and woman of goodwill all over America today. I call on the young men of America who must make a choice today -- to take a stand on this issue. Tomorrow may be too late. The book may close. I don't know about you, but I ain't gonna study war no more."
Quoted from MLK by Brad Hooey in From the mouth of a Prophet
Good quote. I must say that as a Christian, I can't raise arms in battle, however the morality of some wars is not always easy to identify. Since the state is not a theocratic institution but a secular one, it is not an institution of grace but of justice. As such war is a fact of reality that every nation must contend with. Peace for peace sake is a false peace if it comes at the expense of justice.
While it is a secular institution, the state is still something founded by God. As such, the state functions prophetically by executing justice so that the world may know that there is a penalty for doing wrong. By this He foretells of the judgment that awaits all of humanity, and shows the need of a redeemer. It is only through the redeemer that peace can come, even so until Christ comes there will be wars and rumors of wars and peace will be ever elusive.
posted by mr. c at 9:28 AM