The Great Christian Revolution (VIII), Part 1

Christianity and National Defence, Part I

Introduction:

One of Adam’s responsibilities in the garden was “to cultivate and keep it” (Gen.2:15). He was to protect Eve, and he was to watch for intruders. Part of his subsequent sin, was a dereliction of responsibility-a sin of omission. Pacificism in the face of a devious or violent enemy is a form of dereliction.

 I. God is the Ruler of the Nations:

The first point of a Biblical covenant is an announcement that God is transcendent- the supreme Creator and deliverer of mankind. God is completely superior to and different from men and the world He created, yet He is also present with it: immanent.

Modern states engage in power politics, power balancing, so called “Realpolitik,” to secure manipulative goals that are Biblically illegitimate. A prime example of the Bible's repudiation of such policies is provided at II Kings 13:14-19, wherein Elisha gave Joash the God-guaranteed opportunity to fully defeat invading Syria in five or six military campaigns (symbolized by Joash driving five or six arrows into the ground, each arrow symbolizing a military victory).

Joash deliberately drove only three arrows into the ground, choosing not to defeat Syria but to keep it intact as a buffer state against Assyria, on the other side of Syria. Joash was playing modern power politics, and Elisha condemned his manipulation in the harshest terms possible (in fact, Elisha was furious with him, vs. 19). In other words, fear of Assyria motivated Joash's refusal to fear God and do what was right, motivated him to act in terms of international politics and power balances rather than to trust and obey God in the interest of his own people.

His fear of Assyria revealed his disbelief that God alone is sovereign, and was unfounded in light of God's commandment that all nations, as nations, are to become Christ's disciples (Ps. 22:27, Isa. 45:22-23, Matt. 28:18-20).1

[1] Selbrede, M., “National Defence and the Bible,” Chalcedon Foundation website, 2009.

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