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Christian Pacifism
Comments by James Hall - 9 Jan 2002-2054


I respect the opinion of the folks who believe in Christian pacifism, but I don't share that philosophy.  If a person has a knife and breaks into my house to try to kill my wife and son, I would protect them even if meant killing the intruder.  I probably would not kill them if it meant protecting just me, however.

In the case of America's actions against the radical Islamic groups, it is very regrettable that innocent people have to be killed.  But the United States didn't start this war.  We have to deal with this terrorist problem now before it results in the destruction of the world.  There is no real difference between these terrorists and the Nazis.  They must be stopped.  I support President Bush and I think he is a good and godly man.

Having said all of this, I acknowledge the rights of citizens to speak out against our involvement in the war without being accused of being traitors, etc.  Even if that is not a popular position at present.


Isaiah writes about the Messiah as being "The Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6).  Jesus calls upon all believers to become peacemakers, and says, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [children] of God" (Matthew 5:9).  Paul writes, "For the anxious longings of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons [children] of God" (Romans 8:19).

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