Recent reports that the US may have to go alone, if it so decides, in military intervention against Syria as the British Parliament votes against military action will gladden many hearts. The fear of greater loss of lives and expansion of hostilities coupled with increasing global weariness of armed conflicts seem to outweigh the outrage caused by the inexcusable use of chemical weapons against innocent citizens. Consensus also eludes the UN in a resolution on military action even as the Obama Administration insists it has a duty to protect “national security interests”. Bible perspective on response to terrible injustice may be hard to swallow especially when you assume the place of direct victims.
Heb 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord
There are times we would rather break the mirror than believe and adjust to behold a more pleasing image. Are we to follow peace with wicked and evil men? …why does the Bible say ALL …surely there must be exceptions.
Christ goes on to teach in the Sermon on the Mount …Mat_5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. … and then the Lord of Hosts adds Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. …and then the Apostle Paul declares Heb 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire…even as we are admonished to fight the good fight of faith
To embrace ways that diminish conflict in times of wickedness can sound contradictory. Still, this is the way of God. However, we should remember that children of God – the peacemakers are special and their interests are fiercely protected. Contradictions fade when we realize that God asks His own to hold their own sword, but to push through prayer and peaceful means the values of the kingdom …but the Prince of Peace is a different kind of peacemaker. Instead He achieves peace by forceful dethronement of strong men and humiliation of His foes …but in His time. When we hold our own sword in obedience, we confess that we are His children. We will be avenged ... as when the apple of His eye is pained, He – the Lord, mighty in battle, strong and mighty - He also is in discomfort.
There will be occasions when embracing peace appears puzzling, and simply waiting on God in prayer appears weak and brutally unfair …. but there will be other times when we shudder at the sight of God in vengeful action over His children and we are silenced at His fury. Modern day Herods are still being eaten alive by worms … the Nebuchadnezzars of our time are still being turned to insane wandering animals finding exile in the forests.
Act 12:21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. 22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. 23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
Dan 4:33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.
Peace and holiness must also go together for us to enjoy the benefits of children. It seems we adore the reverse of what God demands …we quickly bring out our sword against other men, we abandon the good fight of faith – celebrating this as liberty … and love to teach that holiness is no more possible … and we still want to be called a Christian nation.
The use of chemical weapons against any is wickedness and the Bible declares “there is no peace for the wicked” … perpetrators of wickedness, irrespective of their disguise, will not find peace. However, there is no biblical basis for the US to sacrifice innocent citizens in extended armed combats culminating in another war memorial or wastage of millions of dollars on expensive weaponry … funds better deployed to sponsor food and empowerment programs amongst needy populations. Christians all over the world pray for peace in Syria and comfort for the afflicted. The body of Christ are assured that in all circumstances the guilty will be brought to justice one way or another. We are taught in the Bible to follow peace and His holiness … sheathing our swords… but this is so God can fight His battles for His children and protect His own interests. The British Parliament have acted well to vote against military strikes and for now to explore other peaceful means.
Isa_51:9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?