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WAR WITH IRAQ: Part #5
"Just War" is Rooted in the Character of God!

The LORD is a warrior... nations will hear and tremble; anguish will grip the people... dread will fall upon them
(Ex 15:3-18).

The U.S. plans to disarm Saddam Hussein with or without U.N. approval. While believers and skeptics debate whether this is the right course, Christians must ask, "What is God doing? Could God be using President George W. Bush to do His bidding?"

-Saddam Hussein,s failure to destroy Iraq,s weapons of mass destruction, his defiant 1998 expulsion of U.N. weapons inspectors, his repeated lies about his weapons inventory, his crimes against his own people, etc. are all "just" reasons for U.S. military intervention.

-Christ is not neutral. From Genesis to Revelation He is revealed as a Holy Warrior Who demonstrates his loving justice by warring against oppressors bringing "wrath to His enemies and retribution to His foes" (Is 4:13-17). Also, He is the Defender of the Weak, Champion of the poor, Advocate of the needy, Vindicator of the downtrodden, and Protector of the oppressed. He is the true warrior-King!

-Aquinas and Calvin taught that "just war" is "grounded in the character of God ... the God who hates evil and restrains evildoers with acts of force, sometimes carried out through His children... who will bring appropriate restrain in the use of force against evil" (Dr. Darrel Cole, "When War is Right," see http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1578566576/thecapitolhill06 ).

-Commenting on Romans 13, Aquinas writes, "it is not only allowable but meritorious for Princes to exercise vindication of justice with zeal against bad people,"; it is "praiseworthy and advantageous" for proper authorities to kill persons dangerous and infectious to the community; and when sought for the good of the community, "vindication is virtue" (ibid).

-What are God,s transcendent purposes here? Would He establish a Mid-East democracy to give hope to Arabs and minorities who live under oppressive dictators? Is God exposing the U.N. for what it is, a stage for anti-American, anti-Israeli, anti-Christ sentiment to foment?

-Or will God punish both Saddam and the U.S.? Remember, despite their God-ordained cause, Israel was defeated at Ai because of sin in Israel,s camp. Even after 9-11, we Americans, even in the Church, have not repented for our apostasy. God,s judgments will only escalate if we do not wholeheartedly REPENT and RETURN to Him. We have not rushed to God in repentance, fasting, prayer and solemn assembly, as He requires.

God, The Sovereign Lord of History, is on the move! As the Battle Hymn of the Republic declares, He "is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored." Jesus, who disposes of nations as He wills, is seated on His throne (see Is 59:18; Ez 29:4-9; 38:4ff).

Please Join Us in Ceaseless Prayer:

--Heavenly Father, Grant the Church & America REPENTANCE (Joel 1:14).

--Guide, Protect & Use our Troops as Instruments of Righteousness. Protect innocent Iraqi civilians! (Ps 12:all; 60:10-12; 140:all; Is 41:10-16; Jer 51:24ff; Mic 1:11)


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