& NATIONAL DEFENSE
The LORD is my rock
and my fortress"my shield"my stronghold and my refuge"I
will call upon the LORD"so shall I be saved from my enemies"
For by You I can run against a troop; by my God I can leap over
a wall" He teaches my hands to make war"armed me with
strength for the battle"subdued under me those who rose
against me" The LORD lives!" It is God who avenges
me, and subdues the peoples under me; He delivers me from my
enemies (David, soon-to-become King, after his defeat of the
Philistines and deliverance from King Saul, who sought his life
- 2 Sam 22:all).
[If] you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe
carefully all His commandments" The LORD will cause your
enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face;
they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven
ways" But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the
voice of the LORD" The LORD will cause you to be defeated
before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them and
flee seven ways before them; and you shall become troublesome
to all the kingdoms of the earth. (Dt 28:1, 7, 15, 25).
God's view of national defense and military warfare is revealed
throughout the Bible. From the tribal conflicts of Abraham's
day, to centuries of war among the kingdoms of Israel and the
Middle Eastern peoples who surrounded them, to the yet-to-be-fought
Battle of Armageddon, warfare is an eminent theme of Scripture.
Scripture informs us that prior to the Flood, violence filled
the earth. After the waters receded God gave Noah a single law:
"Whoever sheds man's blood, by man his blood shall be shed;
for in the image of God He made man." That important new
law implied that: 1. Men would continue to be violent on earth;
2. Men and nations have a God-given right to self-defense; and
3. Civil governments have a duty to exercise criminal justice
among men and nations. These truths are affirmed and reaffirmed
repeatedly throughout Scripture.
The universality of sin (Rom 5:12), the total depravity of the
human nature (Rom 3:10-18), the utter corruption of the human
heart (Jer 17:9), and 6000 years of history attest to the predictable
certainty of future wars (1 Th 4:3). More wars have taken place
and more people have been killed by war during the past 100 years
than during any equivalent period in human history. The invention
of nuclear weapons has increased the potential carnage and destructiveness
of war to unthinkable new levels. Paul warned that when men begin
to say, "Peace and safety" then "sudden destruction
will come upon them" (1Th 5:3). Jesus said, "Do not
think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to
bring peace but a sword" (Mt 10:34).
God's laws appertain both to men and nations (Mt 28:19). The
laws God gave Noah and Moses apply not only to individuals but
to mass murdering rulers and murderous political regimes. Scripture
speaks of "wars of the Lord" (Num 21:14). Reformed
Theologian R. J. Rushdoony defines such wars as those fought
"in defense of justice and the suppression of evil, and
the defense of the homeland against an enemy" (Institutes
of Biblical Law, Craig Press, 1973, p.277).
The U.S. policy of appeasement has
encouraged the Chinese Communists in their obvious plan to take
Taiwan by force. Red China's leaders are committed to the ideology
that has permitted them to slaughter millions of their own countrymen
during the past 51 years. They continue to murder religious and
political dissidents (and sell their body parts on the open market)
and to slaughter thousands of innocent infants every day via
forced abortion and infanticide. Such people will not be impressed
or moved by our efforts to appease.
Motivated by a pagan, communist worldview and bent on hegemony
-- and now able to match Americaís most advanced weapons
systems -- the Peopleís Liberation Army (PLA) is preparing
not only to move against Taiwan, but for what they regard as
an inevitable military showdown with the U.S.
The U.S. remains wholly unprotected from
any intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) attack, but the
Clinton Administration refuses to develop an affordable Aegis
sea-based system that could provide meaningful protection quickly.
If the U.S. abandons our Taiwanese allies, our role
as world leader will be all but over. Our alliesí confidence
will be shattered, our enemies emboldened. The world will become
a very, very dangerous place. A military confrontation between
the U.S. and China could initiate WW III.
IT IS TIME TO PRAY!
These truths are but a glimpse at a theology of national defense
and military preparedness. America desperately needs a Christian
Church that understands God's view of this matter. Our free nation
must become spiritually and militarily prepared if it is to survive
the 21st Century.
Until then we, as a people, must be prepared
spiritually and practically, with God's help, to defend ourselves
effectively against our many enemies.
Teach Us to Pray:
Cause our national
leaders to do their BIBLICAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY to provide
for the American people's common defense. May they build &
deploy an effective anti-ballistic missile defense system to
thwart attack by a growing list of nuclear capable American enemies
(Neh 4:14; 2 Tim 2:21b; Eph 6:10-18).
Lord, AWAKEN pastors to PREPARE the Church & America to be
spiritually readied for INEVITABLE FUTURE WARS. Grant SWEEPING
REPENTANCE that, perchance, such may not be Your instrument of
JUDGMENT upon us (Dt 28:1, 7, 15, 25; Pr 14:34; Is 12:4-5; Jer
6:22-23; Lk 14:28-32).
Grant the President and Congress wisdom and courage to do what
is right in the coming showdown with Red China. Help us to stand
by our allies. May the American People ELECT a new president
who is an honorable man and who depends upon You to do his duty
to defend our nation (Ex 14:14; Nu 27:16-17; Dt 1:30; 20:3-4;
28:7, 25; Jdg 10:1; 2 Kg 19:32-34; 20:5-6; Ps 20:2; Jn 10:11-13).