Can Christians go to war and use Guns in self defense?

I’m writing this article because I see so many “so called” Christian men who will not stand up and fight against evil or defend their family, if needed. These men use the Bible to justify themselves being cowards and spineless girls. The vast majority of these people are posters on Facebook. They speak out against the military and claim these people are going to hell for their service. The problem with these people who condemn the military and their service just shows these people have no clue about what the Bible really teaches. The word “war” appears 220 times in the KJV. Our God, The Lord is a man of war. Exodus 15:3: “The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.”

Now, before I go on, let me explain what this is about. Way too many Christian men, and I use the word men lightly, speak out against other Christian men who choose to serve in the military and want to defend our freedoms and defend those who cannot defend themselves: women, children, old folks, the sick and weak. I have heard many times that people like me are called warmongers because we believe in defending others. So, let’s go through the Bible and see in both the O.T and the N.T what it says about war, battles, and God.

Exodus 17:16: “For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.” When the Lord says that He will have war with Amalek from generation to generation, people need to understand, God used His people to go to war. We don’t have any record of God coming and fighting with these people one man against Amalek from generation to generation. So, yes, there are times where God sends His people into battle and war. Numbers 1:3: “From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies.” Now, if you back up and read verses 1:1-2, you will see that it was God who told Moses to number the people for war. Numbers 10:9: “And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.”

God did not ever say we cannot defend ourselves or our land as many people seem to claim He did. If they did not go to war ever to defend themselves, Israel would have never existed, and neither would the United States. I dont know what the world would be like since I can only assume that some evil group would have probably taken over the world years ago, back before Rome even existed. But even if we made it to this point, it’s likely Hitler would have never been stopped and he would have ruled the world. He would have killed even more people, or maybe Japan would have won. Num 31:21: “And Eleazar the priest said unto the men of war which went to the battle, This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD commanded Moses.” Num 32:6: “And Moses said unto the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben, Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit here?” Deuteronomy 1:41″ “Then ye answered and said unto me, We have sinned against the LORD, we will go up and fight, according to all that the LORD our God commanded us. And when ye had girded on every man his weapons of war, ye were ready to go up into the hill.”

I’m not going to keep adding verses from the O.T because as I said, there are 220 verses alone on war and with the few I added you get the point. God commanded people to go to war; He never condemned them for doing so.

Let’s look at what the N.T teaches. Luke 14:31 “Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?” Here, Jesus acknowledges people go to war. Jesus never condemned them or said “This is wrong. Don’t do it.”

For all the people who ignore the O.T and claim we cannot use it to say it’s justifiable for going to war or defending ourselves, then let’s use the NT and look at it like this: Do you who claim to be Bible believing Christians believe Jesus IS GOD? Jesus claimed many times He was God. So, if you don’t believe Jesus is God, then you have bigger problems than what I’m talking about here. If you do believe Jesus is God, then here are some things to think about. If Jesus is God, and God made provision for war and self-defense, then Jesus Himself had no problem with it, even if He Himself never mentioned it.

Here is a side note to make the point, and we’re not going too deep into this. Many people claiming to be in favor of homosexual marriage claim Jesus never addressed the homosexual issue specifically by saying homosexuality is wrong. But Jesus did address the issue by quoting from the O.T. and talking about and defining marriage. If Jesus did, and can, use the OT, so can we. We also see the apostles using the OT to make points. So, if you discount the OT for defense of war or self-defense, then that’s your problem and not mine.

Now, let’s look at scriptures from the NT. The Bible says about Jesus: Heb 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”
Since Jesus is God, we could look at it like this: Yesterday was the O.T and Today is the N.T and forever are the days to come after we see the new heavens and new earth. Now, I know some people might take issue with that and claim that’s a stretch. First of all, I am not saying that is doctrine taught in the Bible. I’m saying it is a way of looking at that verse. I use these words of Jesus to make that point.
John 5:39 “You search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” Jesus Himself said that the scriptures testify of Him; we know these scriptures He speaks of are speaking of Jesus, so that means the OT speaking of God was also speaking of Jesus. Therefore, you can say that Jesus was commanding people to go to war, Jesus was sending people to war, and/or telling people to defend themselves. If Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever, why would He be ok with us defending ourselves in the OT, but not in the NT?

We read in Hebrews 11:34: “Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.” No place does it condemn people for fighting. It says they wax valiant in fight; they fought. How can you turn armies to flight? Run away? If you don’t fight, how can you route your enemies? Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:8 “For if the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” If Paul had a problem with people going to battle or fighting, why would he use an example of preparing for battle? Now I will add more scripture, but I also want to add some things written from so-called Christians about not defending ourselves. I will break it into parts and add some thoughts on what they said.

Here are a few pages from a book and some of the questions posed in this book. I have asked some of these questions to people who are against war and self-defense. Here are some of the responses of these pacifist Christians, and my thoughts will be added.

From pages 70-74 of “The Kingdom that Turned the World Upside Down” © David Bercot. Used by permission. Copies can be obtained from Scroll Publishing Co., P. O. Box 122, Amberson, PA 17210 or see their website at http://www.scrollpublishing.com.

“What if someone were to break into your house and were about to harm your wife and children? Surely you wouldn’t just stand there and let them do it?”

RICK SAYS: Sadly, I have met many Christians that would simply stand there and allow their wife and kids get raped or beaten or killed.

The book goes onto say:
“This question naturally plays on the strong protective instinct that men have toward their families. But the answer a kingdom citizen must give to that question is the same he would give to any other question concerning breaking the commandments of Jesus. Let me ask you. “What if your government told you to deny Jesus Christ and offer a sacrifice to Satan–or else they would violate your wife and kill your children? What would you do?” For kingdom citizen, the answer is quite clear. Jesus has already told us that if we love our families more than Him, we cannot be His disciples. And He has also told us, “Whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven” (Mt. 10:33).”

Rick Says: The response from the author of the book shows ignorance on their part, as far as I’m concerned. One problem is, in the 10 commandments it says, “Thou shalt not murder.” It does not say, “Thou shalt not kill.” And yes, there is a difference. Murder is premeditated. We clearly see times in the O.T where people set out and murdered others, but we also have cases of self-defense. Read the Book of Ester, as I mentioned before. They were allowed to defend themselves. For anyone who claims that it’s not true, read this: Esther 4:14 “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther was told if she held her peace then help would arise for the Jews another way. She was also told that maybe she was in this position for such a time as this.

Here is another thing I believe the Bible says about this issue. James 4:17 “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” For me, it would be sin to not step in and save lives from rapists and mass murders. If you guys think it’s good to let innocent people die, and stepping and and saving lives is sin, then that’s really sad.

Let’s add this also: 1 Timothy 5:8 “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” Now, there are plenty of these pansy girly men who teach and believe this is only for feeding, clothing and housing your family, but it is also for protection.

Now it goes onto say in the book, “What if your government told you to deny Jesus Christ and offer a sacrifice to Satan–or else they would violate your wife and kill your children? Now, what if, instead of denying Christ, my government ordered me to murder my next door neighbor or to sexually assault his wife? And if I didn’t, they would harm my wife and children? Would the situation be any different from offering a sacrifice to Satan? In one instance, I would be denying Christ with my mouth. In the other, I would be denying him by my actions.”

Rick Says: To me, this is nothing more than a false strawman argument. There is a HUGE difference between just living your life and some random stranger attacking you or raping you or beating up your kids, etc, versus the government trying to force you to do something like kill someone, and if you don’t, they will hurt your family in front of you. There are 1000’s of cases over the years in the news where a women gets raped or a house broken into or a person getting mugged, and we’re talking about defending ourselves in these cases, vs no known accounts of the government coming to you and asking you to murder someone to save your family. The mob might have done that. There are accounts of Joseph Koney, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, doing this. In the cases of the mob doing these things or Joseph K Doing these things, I don’t believe for one minute if you refuse and you and/or your family gets hurt, the Lord will hold it against you. It’s murder if you give in, and you can say no. But, if a random stranger attacks you and you have no choice but to kill them to stop them from killing your family or friends or complete strangers, then its self-defense and not premeditated murder.

More from the book:
“What if a foreign government ordered me to drop a bomb on a United States city, or to assassinate the American president–or else they would harm my wife and children? What should I do? I think most Americans would allow their wives and children to be harmed, or even killed, before betraying their country.
How is the situation any different when it concerns loyalty to Jesus? Jesus’ teachings on nonresistance are quire clear. It’s a matter of either denying Him or denying my family. To be sure, that’s a very difficult choice, but I already made that choice when I gave my life to Christ.”

Rick says:
Again, this is a strawman argument. First of all, this would never happen; second, it’s comparing apples to manure, not even close to the same thing. Re-read what I wrote above.

More from the Book:
“Does that mean I would do nothing to protect my family? Of course not. I have already done the best thing that I could possibly do to ensure their safety: I have entrusted my home and family to the care and protection of Jesus. And that isn’t some naive trust. There are tense of thousands of other Kingdom Christians who have similarly beat their swords into plowshares and entrusted the safety of their families into the hands of their King. And although Jesus has not promised that no harm can ever come to our families, I can say this: that, except in times of religious persecution, it’s very rare for kingdom families to be harmed by ordinary criminals.

One example that comes to mind is the encounter of the desperate criminal fugitive, Stephen Roy Carr, with a nonresistant Mennonite family in Pennsylvania in May of 1988. Earlier Carr had fled from Florida, where he was wanted for grand theft. He was hiding out in the Appalachian mountains, ready to kill anyone who threatened his freedom. Before long, he met two female campers on the Appalachian Trail, and he shot them both–killing one and seriously injuring the other.

Fleeing from the scene, Carr found an abandoned cement-mixing tub and used it to float down the Conodoguinet Creek to the farm of of Chester and Esther Weaver. As conservative Mennonites, the Weavers had no television or radio, and so they had heard nothing about the murder. The fugitive Carr asked the Weavers for food and shelter, which they gladly provided him. Carr stayed in the Weaver home for five days–and yet he neither harmed them nor stole from them. Carr would have stayed longer, but the police finally caught up with him.”

Rick Says:
There are so many stories of Christians getting attacked and killed, and they could have survived if they used lethal force in self-defense. Here is the newest story I will use. Amanda Blackburn, 28, was fatally shot multiple times in her home on Nov. 10, the pregnant wife of Indiana pastor Davey Blackburn. On Nov. 10, after Davey left her alone with their young son, Weston, to work out at the gym around 6:00 a.m., Amanda was viciously beaten and shot three times during a home invasion, according to a copy of the affidavit of probable cause against her suspected killers Larry Jo Taylor Jr., 18, and his accomplice, Jalen Watson, 21. An autopsy conducted on Amanda on Nov. 12 revealed: “(She) sustained a gunshot wound to the back of her head. She also had a gunshot wound to the lower left arm which traveled up to her biceps. She also had a through and through gunshot wound which entered and exited her upper back. “She had “scratches to her left cheek, a split lip and a lower tooth knocked out,” it further noted. Although Taylor and Watson both pleaded not guilty after they were charged with Amanda’s murder, a confidential informant told investigators in the case that Taylor confessed that he shot Amanda because she fought him. “Taylor stated that she charged at him and he shot her somewhere in the upper body so he would not be scratched. Taylor then told them that he leaned over her body and shot her in the back of the head. He leaned further, looked at her face, and watched her bleed,” explained the informant. According to the informant, Taylor, Watson and another accomplice, Diano Gordon, went on a robbery spree that morning because “they wanted money.” The spree ended, according to the informant, with the death of Amanda Blackburn after she decided to fight Taylor who was holding her hostage. Evidence found in the first home Taylor and his group allegedly burglarized on San Clemente drive suggest the men may have been consuming alcohol while on their robbery spree.

According to the author, we just need to trust Jesus. I trust Jesus, but I don’t read in scripture where Jesus was a wimpy, pansy pacifist. First, let’s point out what Bible verses these pansy girly men use to say we should just allow this stuff to happen and not fight back.
Here is an exact list that was given to me from one of these girly men.
1.love your enemies: luke 6.35
2.overcome evil with good: romans 12.21
3.God has no pleasure for the wicked to die: ezekiel 33.11
4.live by the sword-die by the sword: matthew 26.52
5.do good to those who hate you: matthew 5.44
6.our sword is the bible: ephesians 6.17
7.the enemies blood is on your hands: ezekiel 3.18
8.turn the other cheek to your enemies: lamentations 3.30
9.do not pay evil for evil, but with a blessing: 1 peter 3.9
10.GUNS, MARINES, POLICY, OR FIGHTING CHRISTIAN MILITIA DO NOT protect us.. GOD PROTECTS US: luke 1.71 / psalm 106.10 / psalm 107.2 / psalm 59.9 / psalm 62.2 / psalm 18.2

So let me point out a few things here.
1. Don’t misunderstand me here. I am in no way trying to diminish God’s word or mock it, but I am trying to make a point.
These people who claim according to the Bible men cannot use lethal force to defend there families use the bible verses listed above. According to the news article I quoted about about the Pastor’s wife being beaten and killed, it states she tried fighting back. Let’s look at the Bible verses again. Again, please remember I am trying to make a point, not mock the Bible or God.

1. Love your enemies.
It seems the pastor’s wife did not do this since she was trying to fight back.

2. Overcome evil with good.
Again, the pastor’s wife did a terrible job of this since she was trying to fight back.

3. God has no pleasure for the wicked to die.
It was not the wicked that died, it was a pastor’s wife, so I’m assuming she was righteous. So, does this mean God takes pleasure in the death of the righteous?

4. Live by the sword-die by the sword.
Well, apparently the ones with “swords” (guns) lived by the sword, but the innocent died by the “sword” (gun).

I could keep going, but you get my point. Here is another thing to think about: the news article states these guys were drinking and most likely drunk. As a Christian, have you ever tried witnessing to someone who was intoxicated either with alcohol or drugs? They are not open to hearing what you have to say, so I suspect no matter how much this women shared the gospel with these guys, they would not be open to hearing it.

Now, back to what I was going to say about Jesus not being a pacifist. This is not exactly an issue of self-defense, but it is Jesus getting mad and cleaning house. Mat 21:12 “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves.”

John 2:15 “And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables.”

Jesus made a whip of chords and cleaned house. While that’s not killing in self-defense, we could make the case that if we use the pansy’s pacifist view and verses I posted above, it makes you ask these questions: How was Jesus loving His enemies or doing good to those that persecute Him? How is that overcoming evil with good if He is making a whip of chords and chasing people out of the temple?

Let’s look at the apostle Paul. Again, while this is not an issue of self-defense, we see some things in scripture with Paul. In the book of Acts, there was an account where the Jews wanted to Kill the apostle Paul and the Roman soldiers stepped in and saved him. While He did not ask for the help, he did not rebuke them either saying God would have saved him. We have another account in Acts where the Jews vowed an oath to kill Paul, and the Romans have hundreds of soldiers on foot and horse back that again saved Him. Again, he did not rebuke them saying, “I trust in God to save me.” Then, we have another account where Paul had to escape by being let out a window in a basket. Paul did not say, “I will walk out in front of everyone and God will protect me.” Lastly, we have an account where Paul was going to get beat by some Roman soldiers and Paul said he was a free-born Roman and that helped him avoid a beating. Paul never just took the beating and used some excuse that he was being persecuted or were simply to allow that in the name of Jesus. Then, we can read the book of Philemon and in the story a slave escapes and meets Paul. Paul tells him to go back and then fights for the slave’s freedom. While again, it is not self-defense per say, it’s still not just allowing him to get hurt or beaten or killed or enslaved all in the name of “that’s what Jesus meant by loving our enemies or overcoming evil with good,” or other things like that.

Here is a story from the book, “Wheelbarrow Faith.” I will use this story to make my point on what I just said.

“It reminds me of the account given by the Christian author and speaker, Winkey Pratney, concerning the Great Blondin, an incredibly gifted tightrope aerialist of the nineteenth century. To demonstrate his abilities, Blondin stretched a 1100 foot rope above Niagara Falls. To the thrill of huge crowds, he walked across the Falls on his tightrope, performing various spectacular stunts. He even did a back somersault in the middle of the rope. Yet, Blondin had no net underneath to save him if he fell.

A newspaper reporter who had come to witness the spectacle was awe-struck. “I bet there isn’t anything you can’t do out there on the tightrope,” he told Blondin.

“Do you think I could cross the rope pushing a wheelbarrow?” Blondin asked the reporter.

“Oh, I’m sure you could.”

“Do you think I could cross the rope while pushing a wheelbarrow with a man in it?” Blondin asked the reporter.

“Undoubtedly!”

Looking the reporter straight in the eye, Blondin then asked, “Do you think I could cross the rope pushing a wheelbarrow with you in it?”

“Well, uh…”

But that’s what genuine faith is all about–getting into the wheelbarrow for Christ. Any other kind of faith is not really faith. It’s just words. Most Christians will readily acknowledge that God is all-powerful. They will proclaim that God is in charge of the universe. They say nothing can happen outside of God’s active or permissive will. They’ll plaster bumper stickers on their cars saying, “His angels are watching over me!” But, no, they won’t get into the wheelbarrow. They won’t entrust their family’s safety to God.

So, go back and read the Bible accounts I mentioned of Paul allowing himself to be saved, helping out the slave, and other issues I mentioned. Now ask yourself, Did Paul lack faith? You could argue Paul did not or would not get into the wheel barrel.”

Now, here are some more points from the book.
“Sadly, every year Christian families suffer death and injury from their own weapons because they didn’t put their trust in God. One of the most heartbreaking episodes occurred a few years ago when a man and his wife returned home from a trip. Their daughter was staying at a friend’s house. However, the daughter thought she would surprise her parents by coming home early and hiding in their bedroom closet. When her parents came home, they heard a noise in their closet. Thinking it was a burglar, her father got out his loaded pistol and slowly approached the closet. When the closet door suddenly burst open, her father instinctively pulled the trigger. He immediately realized it was his daughter, but it was too late. She murmured, “I love you, Daddy,” and fell over dead.

This was not some rare occurrence. A gun kept in the home is 22 times more likely to kill a family member or a friend than to kill or wound an intruder. Evil can be confronted with less dangerous methods than guns.

A number of years ago, some Christian friends of mine, Decio and Olivia, were staying at a motel in Atlanta. There had been a number of armed robberies and murders in the city. In these robberies, the assailants had ordered their victims to lie face down on the floor and then shot them in the backs of their heads. So Decio was on his guard.

It was a mild October evening, and Decio and Olivia had momentarily left their motel door open for a friend. Suddenly two teenage thugs appeared in the doorway with guns. They ordered everyone down on the floor. Decio hesitated and then knelt down, praying and trying to think of a way to foil the robbery.

His wife, Olivia, thinking it was a Halloween prank, remained seated on the bed. So one of the young robbers waved his gun at her and ordered her to lie on the floor. Instead, she started singing out loud “Jesus Loves Me,” as she got up from the bed and slowly walked over to the two young men. One of them raised his pistol, pointed it at her face, and cocked it. But when she continued singing and walking toward him, he suddenly yelled to his partner, “These are a bunch of Jesus nuts! Let’s get outta here!” And with that, the two young men vanished into the dark.

Over the years, I have heard and read many other accounts of how a prayer, a hymn, or a testimony effectively disarmed a would-be bruglar or assailant. There’s no point singing “Our God Is an Awesome God,” if we don’t really believe that He is.”

Rick’s reply:
Just because a Christian is not properly trained in the use of a gun, or they are and they just make a mistake, does not mean they have lack of faith in God. I pointed this out with the apostle Paul, then with the story of the lady praying and the thugs leaving over them being Jesus freaks. I never denied that kind of stuff happens. But, just look to the story I posted of the pastors wife who was murdered. Did she have lack of faith since she tried fighting back? Or did she not trust in Jesus, since there is no account of her sharing the Gospel with these thugs?

Here is a post from K-house, ministry of Chuck Missler and his thoughts on a just war.

Just war from K-house.org

“As the countries of the world consider the prospect of a war with Iraq, many Christians are debating over what position they should take on the war, and whether a war can or should be considered justified Biblically.

Christ told his followers to turn the other cheek, to forgive their enemies and to pray for those that persecute them. Warfare involves the purposeful violent destruction of human life, which God holds precious. “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man,” the LORD told Noah in Genesis 9:6.

At the same time, the LORD sent His people into battle on many occasions, both in leading them into the Promised Land and in defending them from their enemies. The LORD called David a man after his own heart – the same David about whom it was said, “Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands” (1 Sam 18:7). God is called by the name “LORD of Hosts” 234 times in the King James, a name that connotes Him as a God of battle leading His troops. Deuteronomy 20:1 says, “When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies” and proceeds to lay out for the Israelites rules of engagement.

While most of us desire peace, and rightly see war as a horrible evil, there are times when war can be the necessary course of action to bring greater peace. War stopped Hitler from his mad efforts to take over Europe and to slaughter those innocents who stood in the way of his “perfect Aryan race”. Without war, South Korea would currently be under the dictatorship of a cruel communist regime and Afghanis would still be suffering under the rule of the Taliban. There was no concerted, active war against Stalin, and he was allowed to torture and murder millions upon millions of his own people while the largely ignorant West did little to stop him.

In Matthew 24:6 Jesus warns that there will be wars and rumors of wars, saying “see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass”

As Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 8 states, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven a time of war, and a time of peace.”

Throughout the centuries, Christians and Christian leaders have sought to determine when that “time for war” is, and what constitutes a “just” war. In his Summa Theologica, Saint Thomas Aquinas makes the argument that three criteria are necessary for a just war;

That the leader of the nation, as the one given the authority and responsibility by God to rule, wage the war. Aquinas comments on Romans 13:4, saying, “It is their [national leaders] business to have recourse to the sword of war in defending the common welfare against external enemies.”
There must also be a just cause for going to war. Whether in self defense, or in the defense of another person/people, there are times when it is justified to go to war.
Aquinas’ 3rd criteria is that those going to war must have the right intentions, and their war must be for the advancement of good or the avoidance of evil. St. Augustine, along the same lines as Aquinas, argued “True religion looks upon as peaceful those wars that are waged not for motives of aggrandizement, or cruelty, but with the object of securing peace, of punishing evil-doers, and of uplifting the good.”
If there is an aggressor who threatens the peace and safety of a nations citizens and/or allies, then that nation has the responsibility to secure the safety of those for whom it is responsible by making efforts to stop the aggressor. Hopefully, that safety can be achieved through diplomatic means. If not, there may come a point when failing to wage war becomes foolish and even wrong, because the ensuing false “peace” allows an aggressor to destroy innocent life to accomplish his execrable goals.

“How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.” -Psalms 82:2-4

And yet, avoid spilling innocent blood; “Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.” -Jeremiah 22:3

As it appears that war is approaching, the most important thing – above everything else – individual Christians can do is to pray. Throughout the Bible, God worked His excellent will through the prayer and trust and worship of His people. There were times when God did lead His people to battle. However, there were many times when He defeated the enemy without His people even having to fight – because they prayed and He went before them. May we get on our knees now, and pray that God would be honored in the days ahead, that His will would be done, and that He would direct every step of our nations’ leaders.”

Now here are a few more scriptures.
Psalm 144:1 [A Psalm] of David.]] “Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:”

David states that God teaches his hands to war and his finger to fight. The apostle Paul says, 1 Corinthians 14:8 “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?”

Why would Paul mention going to battle if it was wrong? Jesus and the apostles never condemned any Roman solider for their service.
When I was on Facebook, I saw another topic talking about this subject. Below are 3 replies from two people (names removed) and what they say about this issue.

Person 1:
“As far as the “eye for an eye”…. In Matt 5:38 Jesus is quoting an Old Testament law from Exodus 21:24 “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”. In its Old Testament context, Ex 21:24 was to establish fair retribution, to prevent abuses from those desiring excessive retribution. In Matt 5:39, Jesus is correcting those [Jews] who are applying the “eye for eye” as if it is referring to retaliating in like manner against someone who has offended or dealt unjustly with another.

A simple slap to the cheek is relatively harmless physically. But it may be quite harmful to one’s dignity. Jesus applies this principle of non-retaliation to multiple areas of personal life. For example, affronts against one’s dignity in (Matt 5:39), lawsuits to gain one’s personal assets (Matt 5:40), infringements on one’s liberty (Matt 5:41), and violations of property rights (Matt 5:42). When the context is considered, there is no indication that Luke 6:27-28 and Matt 5:39 is suggesting we should not defend ourselves.

Matt 5:39 should be understood in the way Jesus was applying it; a new application of the Old Testament passage. At most, it would be a prohibition against retaliating against personal offenses and unjust retaliation in domestic disputes. It is in no way a sweeping, universal prohibition against defending oneself (using military means or physical violence) from unjust, military, hostile aggressors.”

Person 2:
“I appeal to scripture, not the constitution for following Christ. I appreciate our country, but it’s laws are not what Christians should be following. If you disagree with how I interpret that scripture, I would encourage you to review how Jesus and the Apostles acted in those situations…did they appeal to the Christian right to self defense? No, they lived the teaching of “As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” They didn’t hide weapons in their wool.”

Person 1 again:
“I also appeal to scripture for following Christ, but we are all subject to the governing authorities put in place by God.

(Rom 13:1) Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.

The early Christians did not arm themselves enmasse because they knew Rome would have crushed them out of existence if they would have revolted like the Jews did. The best chance for early Christianity to survive was to avoid conflict.

Today, we are not in the same situation as early Christians. We are the most numerous faith group and potentially wield the greatest influence for goodness and justice the world has ever known.

More sinners will hear the gospel because preachers were protected by law, or lawfully owned and used weapons than if we allow them to kill us off without a defense.”