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Acts of War and the Christian Response

There are many sayings about how we wish to give as good as we get, “an eye for an eye” and “revenge is a dish best served cold” among them. We smile when we hear these familiar quotes, recognizing our very human response to aggression against us. Yet, Jesus said something else “…whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also…I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven…” (Matt. 5.39, 44).

Who are we to believe? Most of us, being aware of God’s way, will yield in voice to this teaching, but inside, where it counts, we’re still wanting to retaliate. Case in point: the brutal and unprovoked murder of our ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens. This man was a gentle, kind, peaceful soul, who cared about the Libyan people, and who wanted nothing more than to help them succeed. The humiliating picture of him being beaten and dragged through the street is unnerving.

First, an attack on one of our embassies is an attack on America. It is an act of war. Secondly, the wanton murder of our fellow Americans at the hands of foreign insurgents is at the very least outrageous. It deserves a response. And therein is the problem for each of us.

I really feel that if Christopher Stevens was still alive to address this event he would plead restraint. Isn’t that something? Restraint in the face of such horrible evil?  Yet he, probably better than us, understood the nature of Christ’s call to peace.

Why up the ante by killing a bunch of uneducated, hungry, go-nowhere Libyan youth, who’ve been brainwashed by the harsh teachings of Islam? Better that we embrace the fact that Isalm is the enemy. Better that we finally understand that Christianity is an offense to the devil’s world view. Better we pray against that and work to lift up Christ in the face of such hostilities.

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New Hope Christian Fellowship is a nondenominational Christian church in Show Low, Arizona.

This Show Low nondenominational church is comprised of an independent body of believers, who have found comfort in biblical love, fellowship and spiritual unity. We practice New Testament Christianity in adherence to the Word of God, in faith, in obedience, and servanthood. We are dedicated to that which blesses the Lord Jesus Christ and lifts up His commandments, especially to love one another.

What We Believe: “To do things Jesus’ way, by Jesus’ teaching, and for Jesus’ glory.”

Life Verse: “Bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

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