Peace and War

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Ecclesiastes 3:8 …a time for war, and a time for peace.”

The Apocalyptic vision of war with unreliable Prophets of doom have always been quick to announce the catastrophic Gog and Magog – End of days war scenario . Throughout the ages there are always situations where the application of the Apocalyptic Prophecy seem to fit perfectly . However the Biblical text always caution us with words of discernment .

Matthew 24:6 “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.”

Just as there is a time to “cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together” (Eccl 3:5) there is a time to kill and a time to heal (Eccl 3:3, 5) but we need to know what time that is. God uses other nations to discipline nations that are evil. He can use nations to do His own disciplining so the wisdom of Solomon is true, there is a time for war and there is a time for peace. Trying to determine which time that is can be difficult apart from having fellowship with God .It is imperative to ask the Holy Spirit the Counselor  to affirm our faith in His peace that surpasses all understanding and pray for peace in our land . Prayer changes things …and brings Peace !

On the 14 Apr 2017 , USA says ‘mother of all bombs’ hits ISIL in Afghanistan as for the first time a 11 tons largest US non-nuclear bomb used in combat dropped on ISIS caves and bunkers in country’s east.  ” The  USA has dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat in eastern Afghanistan on a series of caves used by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, according to the Pentagon.  ”

This bragging by the Trump White House Administration  is complementary to the event of the 52 tons Boeing 767 GRAND MOTHER OF ALL BOMBS transformed Terrorist Plane  which hit the Twin Tallest Towers on the infamous date 9/11 2001 . Warmongers have short memories especially when the tallest Twin Towers New York crumbled like Babel towers of Genesis 11. Soon this bragging vicious Contest will reveal a Great GrandMother super mega bomb and greater Olympic Record number of innocent victims. Abraham Lincoln declares: ‘ No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar ‘  ..and the liar is king until unmasked . So many wars are founded on lies and fought with blind blinkers.

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind says Mahatma Gandhi.  So following this adage , Wars in Afghanistan , Iraq and Syria and etc., have produced so many blind ISIL / DAESH terrorists who cannot stop blinding and killing the supposed perpetrators as they wear their Suicide Bomber Vest.

The Peacemaker strives for peace amidst War even when signs of success are minimal and seem impossible. Martin Luther King who delivered his famous ‘ I Have a Dream speech ‘ says :I still have a dream today that one day war will come to an end, that men will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks, that nations will no longer rise up against nations, neither will they study war any more. (1968) . This is the Spirit of Isaiah as the hope for a future Peace and Prosperity  can only be achieved by a  proactive transformed dialogical mutual attitude in the face of the violence, hate, killing and ignorance .

Isaiah 2:4 “He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”

The time is coming when all wars will end but it will take the strong arm of God to end it. All of the former weapons will be turned into useful equipment for the betterment of the nations. Nations will finally stop lifting up the sword against one another and they won’t learn war anymore, indicating that war was something that they had been taught all of their lives. In the coming kingdom of heaven, all wars will end and they will have to “unlearn” all of the old ways.

In this 21st Century paradigm , the 9/11 2001 event has unleashed new methods of warfare where ploughshares and pruning folks are  old- fashioned , outdated and obsolete . The satellite guided nuclear missiles and Tomahawks  , the drones targeted guided explosions and other sophisticated virtual methods of warfare destroy and pulverise any location on the face of the Blue planet Earth . From an armchair thousands of kilometres away the guided missile can reach the targeted location with precision . Today the technological  Smart phone applications progress have changed the face of our world . Wars have not ceased and we seem to have a recurring pattern of deadly wars and we are ever prone to be catapulted in the middle of the Storm – Cyclone – Hurricane battles  .

But there is no need to be alarmed  ! the words of care , protection ,assurance and victory are whispered to our Spirit …God said that He would go with us as “the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory” (Deut 20:4) so there is no need so “let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them” (Deut 20:3) because He is going to fight for them and so “If God is for us, who can be against us” (Rom 8:31b)

Just War Theory. Clearly, the Christian ideal is total elimination of war and brotherly love among all people. However, in this imperfect world, war may be forced on those who do not desire it. Christian theologians St. Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430) and St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) are primarily responsible for formulating the theory of the Just War which has remained the majority Christian approach to war to this day.

Today , The weapons of NUCLEAR MASS DESTRUCTION await launching with the touch of their fingertips , with the leaders of the Super powers  For example , the Gold Codes are the launch codes for nuclear weapons provided to the Presidents of the United States in their role as Commander-in-Chief of the United States armed forces.

WOW !!! No need to despair and lament ! God is good all the time !!! Peacefully , lovingly and faithfully we can only pray that God’s World so full of His Splendour , Praise and Glory will be kept safe and sound and secure until the final rapture and Parousia Second Coming.

Matthew 10:34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD” (Prov 21:31)

Lord Jesus Christ, through your victory over sin and death you have overcome all the powers of sin and darkness which can cause enmity and war. Teach me humility and may I daily seek your justice , peace and mercy so that our Heavenly- Abba’s  ineffable love be shared with all your children .  Fill me with your Holy Spirit and strengthen my faith in your promises which never fail .
+ Roger Chung Jaomalaza, Former Bishop of Madagascar