War and the propagation of the Christian Gospel
I am, as most people would know, a passionate follower of Christ, and I whole-heartedly believe, as the Bible teaches, that Jesus is the One and only way to God for all people in all countries (controversial I know – sorry!).
The Bible also definitely makes it an urgent duty to tell absolutely EVERYONE about Jesus.
However, I believe that what is described in the link below – using war to spread the teachings of Jesus – is totally wrong and contradicts all that Jesus truly stands for: Relationship with God, love, joy, peace, justice, redemption….loving your enemies.
Furthermore, considering the way the US (and the UK and other countries) started the Iraq war, and some of the atrocities committed during the war, I think it is frankly abhorrent and ***surely*** counterproductive.
I do have to admit that this issue is complicated by the fact that the faith of Christ is in itself also a faith of war, OVERWHELMINGLY more so than, for instance – (think of a global rival faith); one of the Biblical titles for Jesus is “Commander of the Armies of the Lord”; Joshua 5.14, Revelation 19.11-14. However, the way Christians “wage war” is supposed to be TOTALLY different from that used by, for instance – (think of a global rival faith); we fight different (non-human) enemies, in different (non-physical) ways.
Therefore, I would conclude that these people do not seem to truly be preaching “Jesus” at all, but rather American/Western superiority – and this also helps to perpetuate the very false idea that “Jesus” and “the West” are synonymous.
Or at least this is my humble opinion. No offence /offense intended to/against my American friends.
Ephesians 6.12; For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood (human beings)…
2 Corinthians 10.4,5: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (human/physical)…