“From whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.” –James 4:1-2
I’m very disturbed and distressed about the Israel/Gaza conflict that is occurring. Watching the rockets and air strikes and seeing the wounded and the bleeding, I can only feel a deep sense of sadness, horror, and almost depression.
This killing isn’t the will of God. The murder of others isn’t acceptable under the new covenant we have through Jesus Christ our Lord. There are other ways of dealing with men and women. Murdering one another isn’t the appropriate way of handling disagreement and misunderstanding. The sinful nature of man is destroying him; his greed for land, oil, and lust for power may never allow war to cease on this planet, until Jesus Christ returns for His church.
I understand the need for violence in order to defend one’s self and one’s allies when they are in the right, but I see little reason for it, short of that. When there is senseless, pointless violence that serves no one and harms many, it sickens me; that is what I see happening between Israel and Gaza and I hate it.
I’ve read the bible numerous times, and I accept God’s actions in the Old Testament, despite not completely understanding or even approving of them. I know how God behaved in those Old Testament times and why He demanded various action that is difficult to wrap one’s mind around. God wants everyone to turn to Him now though, and to the path He created through Jesus Christ to unite us to God in a sin-free mind, body, and spirit; I don’t believe God wants to see man killing each other if there is any possible way for him to avoid it.
There are so many whose feet are quick to rush to battle, to kill and destroy their enemy, when diplomacy could potentially resolve things peacefully. I am on the side of those who want to resolve disagreement through peaceful means — until there is absolutely no longer any other alternative left but to defend one’s self.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” — Matthew 5:9.
Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth, but I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” — Matthew 5:38-39.
I mourn what is occurring between the Israelites and the Palestinians. It is horrific and something to shed tears over and I do pray every day that God will stop this brutality and the bloodshed, if it be His will.
Here are some excellent articles on war and what God thinks about it. There are also some helpful blogs that discuss Israel and the conflict over Gaza:
War In Gaza: Why Now? (pakalertpress.com)