Wisdom, Peace, and Just Wars

American citizens may not be aware that there exists a biblical worldview of war.  It is called a just war policy.  Most Americans are fed an unbiblical poisonous idea of war.  To find the answer we need to guide us when contemplating whether to wage war or not, let us search the Scriptures and read the writings of theologians we respect.  Biblically speaking, men have permission to kill for self defense, crimes against fellow citizens, and when fighting against their enemies.  The well respected theologian Saint Augustine of Hippo states in his popular book The City of God, that when at war with their enemies, “…the wise man will wage just wars.”  Thomas Aquinas said that war must occur for a good and just purpose rather than for self-gain.  He also said that peace must be a priority. These men and other theologians believe that a biblical just war must not be fought solely for recapturing things or punishing people.  Force may be used only after all peaceful alternatives have been sincerely tried.  War should only be used for self-defense.  John Quincy Adams warned the citizens of the United States when speaking on the Fourth of July, 1821: “… she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy,” and if she did, “ she might become the dictatress of the world; she would no longer be the ruler of her own heart.”

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2 Responses to Wisdom, Peace, and Just Wars

  1. Alex Soto says:

    I couldn’t agree more. You’d think rulers would put more thought into their war policies since in war people lose their lives and children lose their mommies and daddies. It’s good for us to recall God’s rebuke to Israel–whose moral laws were a model for all nations to implement (Deuteronomy 4:5-8)–for seeking a mutual defense alliance with Egypt (Isaiah 30-31). God wills all nations (Israel, Vietnam, Kuwait, Ukraine, United States, etc.) to look to Him for defense, not the might of other nations.

  2. luvsunnydays says:

    More on war from St. Augustine: “The answers which a captured pirate gave to the celebrated Alexander the Great was perfectly accurate and correct. When that king asked the man what he meant by infesting the sea, he boldly replied, “What you mean by warring on the whole world, I do my fighting on a tiny ship and they call me a pirate; you do yours with a large fleet, and they call you Commander.”” City of God pg. 89

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