On this mountain the Lord Almighty
a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine—
the best of meats and the finest of wines.
On this mountain he will destroy
the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;
he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears
from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace
from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken.
- Isaiah 25:6-8
NOTE: This quote is made verbatim. It is not politically correct.
“Stanton said, ‘Remember when we first arrived at Camp O’Donnell, the
Nips said that we were the enemy of Nippon?.
You don’t fight a clean war and Japan fights a righteous war? You Americans are not honorable prisoners of
war? You’re captives and will be treated
as captives, and you’re not going to like it?’
How right they were.’
“Stanton added, ‘How dumb the Nips are. How can you fight a righteous war in the first place?.’”
- Abie Abraham, Oh, God, Where Are You?
This is the fourth in the series. There will be four more. I thought that getting philosophical is good for the middle – not that I let any of these quotes stand on their own.
Every side in a struggle has some reason to think that they are right, even when it is not ‘war.’ If you do not have ‘right’ on your side, or at least what you consider right, there isn’t much strength behind the punches that you throw.
In some cases, the leaders denigrate the enemy, characterizing them as less than human, something that you would scrape off the heel of your shoe after you quit stomping.
But when you look the other person in the eye, do you not see another human being? As Stanton asked, is there ever such a thing as a ‘righteous war?’
Actually, there has been, when Joshua took control of the Promised Land, when King David battled the Philistines. Yet, did God have that in His perfect plan? Or was it the back-up plan for when Adam and Eve would stumble?
But when we have a discussion with Jesus on the porch of the mansion that He has built for each of us, He might just say that the perfect plan was for Adam and Eve to have never bitten into the forbidden fruit. There would never have been death. There would never have been the first war, much less all that followed. We would not have even needed the Ten Commandments. We would simply have walked in peace with our Lord.
In Wm. Paul Young’s The Shack, Sarayu (the name given in the book for the Holy Spirit) says that the Bible was not given to show us how to follow rules, but to know Jesus. Sarayu also said that the only human who followed all the rules was Jesus.
So, how do we think that we can establish a war that is righteous? One could argue that the Japanese were not a Christian society, but in looking at the human condition, we are flawed. Everything that we create, from within us, is also flawed.
Yet, the Scripture, inspired by God, points to a time when Jesus will return for one climactic conflict. That will indeed be a righteous war. As the Scripture above says, there will be no more death. The people’s disgrace, our sin, will be removed from the earth.
And don’t go following the first human that says that he is the supreme ruler of the earth. We’ve been warned about the antichrist, and we should take heed. We will all know Jesus when we see Him.
Dr. David Jeremiah in The Agents of the Apocalypse discusses that the Saints will be resurrected, they will fight alongside Jesus, and will live with Jesus on earth for 1000 years. What a thrill that would be to wake up from my slumber and be asked if I want my Army training to be used one more time.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.