“Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.” – Henry Kissinger
In a war, the only country that holds the moral high ground is the defending country, whose governing authority has a divine mandate to defend its citizenry from the onslaught of wrongdoers and aggressors.
“The authorities that exist have been established by God...for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason… They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.” Romans 13: 2,4
That’s why, in any given conflict, the aggressor always tries to camouflage its belligerent intentions by projecting a semblance of moral superiority before embarking on its dark deed.
And though the government of the defending country has a godly injunction to protect its people, its better option, for the good of all, would be to avoid a devastating war at all costs.
“Strive for peace with everyone…” Hebrews 12:14
“It is to one’s honor to avoid strife.” Proverbs 20:3
Facts of the aggressor’s war to remember
Those who push for war in our time cleverly conceal through propaganda their ulterior motives, and the reality of war’s devastating effects on humanity.
1) Dead innocents. 95% of all war casualties are innocent civilians. What if you were one of those civilians?
“Their feet run to evil, And they hasten to shed innocent blood; Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity, Devastation and destruction are in their highways.” Isaiah 59:7
2) Hidden agenda. In war there’s always a hidden agenda that the public at large is never aware of: territorial expansion, control of another country’s resources, control of access to trade to favor a certain group, currency domination, keeping the military industrial machine humming, etc. In one word: Money or Mammon.
“Who devise evil things in their hearts; They continually stir up wars.” Psalm 140:2
3) Personal dislike. If a foreign country’s leader refuses to kowtow to the current Empire’s whims and wishes, then the Empire (presently the US, manipulated or not by third parties) goes on the attack. That foreign country’s leader is sullied in the Empire’s mass media in order to prepare the imperial citizenry to acquiesce in sending their children to be killed in a senseless war. More often than not, such a war tees off by way of a false flag operation (such as 9/11 and the Gulf of Tonkin incident), designed and executed by the Empire to deceive its citizens and demonize the adversary.
“All wars are based on deception,” wrote Sun Tzu in The Art of War.
“Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil.” Proverbs 12:20
4) Senseless aggression. There is no greater act of stupidity than when soldiers on the aggressor’s side kill for no apparent reason. They obey like dumb myrmidons just because low-life politicians with hidden agendas decide they should murder those their government hates. In all other circumstances, their senseless killings of the defending soldiers and of innocent civilians would and should be called terrorism.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
5) Economic breakdown. Countries that go to war not only destroy the economies of the nations they attack, but they also wreck theirs.
“Whoever satisfies others will himself be satisfied.” Proverbs 11:25
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7:12
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Galatians 6:7
6) Godlessness. In the aftermaths of wars people rebuild and forget God. Europe suffered two World Wars, and the Christian foundation on which that civilization was built has been severely shaken and is in dire need of repair – the Church there is in a coma.
“Sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” James 1:15
7) Blowback. Countries that participate in aggressive wars or send their soldiers to kill in foreign wars are at the receiving end of wars’ repercussions. Destructive heresies and habits quickly materialize and drastically alter their societies for the worst: atheism, feminism, mammonism, drug use, suicide (especially by veterans whose consciences are disturbed because of the murders they committed), societal violence, destruction of the family unit, perversion, etc. In other words, the souls of those who participate in and/or agree to these aggressive wars are plunged into darkness or spiritual death, which then engenders ruins in the natural world.
“For the wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23
In conclusion, nothing good ever came out of war.
“War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives,” summarized General Smedley D. Butler, America’s most decorated soldier.
“Thou shall not kill.” Exodus 20:13