We were talking about Pacifism on Thursday. Its something I've just never really considered. Events like November 11th really make you think about war and killing etc. I guess it makes. If Jesus commands us to love our enemies, then should we be ruling out war? Is there such a thing as a just war? Are there ways around it? I was thinking about World War 2... why did that happen? could it have been prevented? Were we in any way to blame for it..? Like I might have said before, War seems to be a failure to listen to each other. Whilst I admire those who are giving their lives for freedom, whilst I could never ever be disrespectful of what they have brought and bring us.... I wonder if it should ever have come to drastic measures like that in the first place.
We are such a corrupt, and self-righteous race of beings... Lets look at Iraq again - We rant against "Evil people" such as Saddam, but hold on, didn't the western world equip him in the first place?? Isn't it our weapons that he has used? The same with Al-Quaeda... Isn't it ironic that one day we could get bombed by our missiles that actually say "Made in Britain?"
Ok before I start sounding incredibly self-righteous myself, I'll confess to my own failures to meet this command. How many times have I completely disrespected and hated people? How many computer games have I played that involved someone beating up or shooting someone else? How many movies have I seen someone thrust a sword into another person?
Loving one's enemies and having nothing to do with violence is one of the hardest things to do. We are saturated in it. Yet its entirely possible. Jesus did it. I'm sure he can help us to do so too. Will we ever wise up to this?