Of War And
Turning the other cheek is
part of our Christian doctrine and theology. The major question
we must answer about turning the other cheek is what do we do
when our child is attacked. What do we do when our family is
attacked? Do we tell our child to turn the other cheek and
become a victim when we have the power to prevent harm? Do we
let innocent people be victimized when we have the power to stop
the perpetrators? We live in a nation and world of laws. When
persons violate those laws should we try to stop the violators?
Should we let the violators continue to do what they do without
any effort on our part to protect members of our society or
world? Do we feel any responsibility to protect our children
from persons who would hurt them or harm them? Are we
responsible for the protection of our young, our old, and our
infirm? Are we responsible for protecting those who cannot
protect themselves? Are we responsible for protecting our young
from those forces that would kill them?
Love has two sides. One
side of love is the encompassing compassion, warmth, and caring
that wraps around our souls and lifts us up. The warming side of
love detests violence of any sort. The other side of love is the
protective side that protects us at any cost. Christ went to the
Cross to keep our souls from being victimized by the satanic
darkness that lurks within us. It was the encompassing
compassion, warmth, and caring for us that caused Christ to
surrender His life to the violence of the darkness. Christ gave
His life to protect us from the eternal darkness that so wants
to capture us and keep us in eternal fire.
The same violence of the
darkness that nailed Christ to the Cross wants to violently
destroy you, your family, your friends, and your country. Christ
died to save us from that violence and from that darkness.
Christ died so we could have a life in Heaven with Him. Christ
died to protect us from the eternal consuming darkness that
inspires the evil of the world.
Christ did not want to go
to the Cross. He did not want to do what He did. Christ went to
the violence of the Cross with His heart filled with consuming
love for each of us. The most crucial question we must answer
about waging war and embracing peace is whether we have love. Is
the act of pacification or waging war done based upon love? Do
we wage war to protect our children's lives? Do we wage war to
give the people of our earth a chance to express the small part
of them that reaches up to God? Do we wage war or refrain from
waging war to ensure life for future generations to follow after
us? Do we refrain from waging war to stop the immediate threat?
One of our difficulties is
the problem of the immediate threat to our lives. We can be
quite erudite when we are not under any immediate danger or
threat. We can totally embrace peace and pacifism when our life
and the life of our child, our parent, our loved ones, and
others is not being immediately threatened. However, what do we
do when an insane murderer starts shooting at a loved one? Do we
offer that loved one up to the insanity of the assailant without
any effort at protecting our loved one? Do we offer up the life
of another person without their consent?