War and Peace

Peace and harmony are wonderful things, and I respect those who demonstrate for it. I don’t doubt that many of the world’s conflicts are unnecessary. I recall former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher pointing out that history has never seen two true democracies at war with each other. Think about it. She was right, wasn’t she?
But it’s naive to believe that avoiding war is always possible. Were the Allies going to ask that nice Mr. Hitler to please leave Poland? The man was about as flexible as a tow truck hitch! As Israeli prime minister Golda Meir once explained about some of her country’s enemies, “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”
The same thing is true of the church. Though a church at peace is a marvelous thing, and though many church conflicts have little to do with principle, and much to do with egos and immaturity, there are times when God’s people must stand up for what is right. The result will be conflict, and some will blame the steadfast Christian for “starting” the conflict. No one likes conflict, but recall that the Christian life is called a war, and Christians are soldiers in that conflict.
“Our struggle … is against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” (Romans 12:18).
When it comes to fighting for the Lord’s church, our children’s faith, and our convictions, God’s warriors soberly put on the armor of God, and prepare for war.

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