How should a Christian look at our nation’s war in Afghanistan?
This October 7 we mark the eleventh anniversary of the US war on Afghanistan! There are several ways a Christian might think about this:
This is a political issue, let’s leave it there. Is it a political issue to the families of 1,900+ US troops and 10-15,000 Afghans killed, plus many times that many injured?
We have to protect ourselves. But how? The Bible has a lot of chapters about bloody warfare. Example: Joshua 10. In these chapters God is a god of war, but this is not the teaching of the whole Old Testament.
What about Just War theory? Although propounded by ancient Christian theologians it is not theologically based. Rather it is philosophical theory about when we should go to war and how many we can justify killing.
Does Jesus support war? For us, who claim to be friends and followers of Jesus, this is the important question. I have found nothing in the Gospels to suggest that he does support war. Have you?
On September 11, 2001, 19 men from Saudi Arabia killed 2,977 people in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania. In response, the United States has fought in Afghanistan for eleven years. Jesus looked over Jerusalem and wept, saying, “Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace!” Does he weep over us?
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King
Contributed by Wilbur Wood, West Hills Friends