When the majority of church leaders are going in a certain direction regarding politics, the military, warfare, and that direction is not Biblical, it can be a great hindrance for those who are seeking truth, for those both inside and outside of the institutional “church.”
The military and warfare are glamorized within the “church” walls and a subtle recruiting campaign can be observed (maybe not so subtle). This is an ongoing situation, and I very recently listened to a service, via the internet, of such an event. It took place in a very large church that most born again Christians would easily recognize.
It grieves me that this type of teaching is found in churches that are known worldwide, or that it is found in any Christian church for that matter. It grieves me to know that there are many young people in these congregations under the influence of this type of teaching.
Jesus commands us to preach the gospel and to love our enemies. Why isn’t the name of Jesus (Deity) synonymous with the concept of peaceful non-violence. Christ’s followers are to be as lambs and sheep in the midst of wolves, and wise as serpents but harmless as doves.
There is a great conflict of interest here for the born again Christian.
We are ambassadors for Christ.
How can we kill in a war and offer reconciliation at the same time.
2 Corinthias 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
Mark12:17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.
There were conscientious objectors during World War II. Some were Baptists, living under Nazi occupation. One Baptist man, who was an Evangelist during World War II, said that the devil was the real enemy, and he refused to carry a weapon. The early church for the first few hundred years was also of the same mind.
There will always be wars while this world exists. But as Christians we follow Jesus who said …
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
There are those who teach that a believer cannot fall away from the faith. Scripture teaches otherwise. How can we be silent when doctrine determines behavior, and so many around us, especially the youth, are being recruited and deceived.