Follower of The Way


Posted in Christ and Culture,Government & Politics,History by sosipater on December 12, 2007


War. Are there always wars and rumors of wars? Hasn’t war been in our nature since Adam and Eve sinned those many, many years ago. Think back to your history classes. What seems to be a common thread in them all? War.

Now in 2007 war is just as prevalent as always. The U.S.A. is engaged in a “war”. So how are Christians to think about war in general, and this specific war in Iraq?

Well, to help us think about this, I want to pass along a 15+ year old interview that based on the content could have been recorded yesterday. My friend BJ brought to my attention this interview with the late Dr. Greg Bahnsen conducted back during the first Iraq War. Dr. Bahnsen is known for his grasp of philosophy and apologetics, but to me he hits the ball out of the park in this interview. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Peacefully yours.


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  1. bj77 said,


  2. daxw said,

    War,huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nuthin’.
    Thanks for the post Russ.
    James Brown

  3. mrsceekinghonor said,

    for some reason it won’t let me pull up the interview but I read 1984 recently and in it Winston read a book and it talked about how the goverments of the 3 ruling super powers keep the contries in perpetual war to keep the citizens always on alert and almost used to war so that they could slowly strip away their rights and their liberty. Sounds oddly familiar.

    But to answer your question about how are christians supposed to think about war, I would have to say that we are called to embrace it. When we become christians we aren’t told to put on a sundress and run through a field with a crown of daisies on our head with Kenny G playing somewhere in the background. Instead we are called to put on armor and to defend the faith. We are called to fight the good fight and to die if need be for the cause of Christ. War is inevitable.
    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”
    So I say…. Bring it on!

  4. bj77 said,

    Ahhhh……something is amiss here, I think.

    The full armor of God is not physical in nature, it is spiritual. Remember Paul in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5…..3 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…..

    Defending the faith does not call for bloodshed necessarily. Although many have shed their blood for the cause of Christ. There is a vast difference between a war of worldviews and a war for oil.

    Also, it is not the exegetical intent of Matt.10 to teach the bearing of arms for a literal battle. Rather Christ is teaching His Hebrew followers a lesson about obedience to Him as Messiah. This is analgous to the rich young ruler.

    I am also a bit confused about your statement that war is inevitable. Why is it?

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