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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    War! What is it Good For? 

    I was watching a documentary on diets the other night when a European doctor quipped, "Americans love to have an enemy". I was stunned. How philosophical. And he was right!

    No matter the issue, we Americans do love to have an enemy to identify, attack, and annihilate. Be it obesity, cancer, politics, foreign relations, AIDS, or poverty we describe it as "war"/"fighting" against something or other. War on cancer, war on poverty, culture war, fight against obesity... and it of course spills over into religion, even Christianity.

    On the positive side, these are evidences that we are a passionate people. We are willing to sacrifice and put ourselves on the front lines for a cause we believe in be it feminism, religion, atheism, or the environment.

    All people need a purpose in life, a reason to persevere through life. But living in a self-manufactured war zone day to day is unbalanced and exhausting. We do unnecessary trauma to ourselves and others in the name of "war".

    War is made to appear glorious in different venues, especially video games and TV shows, and fantasy/sci-fi books and films. In the media, war is almost always painted as good guys vs. bad guys; good vs. evil. In reality, it isn't usually so simple. In reality there are typically passionate people fighting viciously with other passionate people.

    Politicians know that war is good for two things: unifying a country by giving it national purpose, and boosting economy. Religious leaders understand the same things. By giving their followers something to fight for, they mobilize people to action and make a lot of money in the process. In the end, it is only politicians and religious leaders who win.

    As Christians, we know we have won the final victory. It is however, a victory over sin and death, not Satan,

    "The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 15:56-57)


    Christians have personal battles over righteous versus unrighteous living, unfortunately often making them into a corporate thing (Colossians 3:5). The focus of many Christians has been taken off their own lives and turned into a fruitless campaign against the world,

     "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)


    Jesus set the example for us, "by going like a lamb to the slaughter". (Isaiah 53:7; John 1:29; Acts 8:30-34; Revelation 5:6)

     "Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; 4he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope." (Isaiah 42: 1-4) (my emphasis added)


    Jesus will bring justice; not through war, through His teaching. Jesus did not publicly protest, do battle, raise a rebellion, or wage even a philosophical war. Jesus did not either hide out in the wilderness or market His cause (Mark 7:31-36; Mark 1:41-44), and what greater cause could there be?

    The miracles He performed were solely to prove who He was, they did not affect any long-term changes in most people (Luke 17:11-17; John 6:26-27; Luke 23:1-25). He incurred the wrath of the Pharisees by His teaching (Matthew 12:14; Matthew 26:4), but remained so innocent in action, even the Roman Pontius Pilate found nothing against Him (Luke 23:1-25), and Rome was not exactly known for mercy.

    Since we are "Christ followers", let us take a note from our leader, our Lord and Savior and stop with all the war propaganda. It is Jesus who will defeat Satan, not us (Revelation 20). It was Jesus who defeated sin and death, not us. We have victory because He bought it for us (Colossians 1:13-14), and we have no power apart from Him (John 15:5), who didn't even grudge Caesar his taxes (Matthew 22:20-22; Mark 12:17).

    See Also: Responding to Persecution 

    He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

    Spiritual Warfare Part 1

    Spiritual Warfare Part 2

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