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    A group of influential evangelicals have together released a statement arguing that Christians should not be pacifists.

    According to ChristianToday.com, the group includes more than 50 evangelical leaders, many of whom are from well-known schools such as Wheaton College and Duke University.

    The statement argues that Christians ought to reject pacifism, and explains the reasoning for this stance.

    "Other Christians have erred by holding the state to the same standard as the church or the individual, resulting in pacifism and, we believe, an abdication of government's rightful responsibilities,” read part of the statement, published in “Providence,” a journal on Christianity and American Foreign Policy.

    The statement continues, drawing on centuries of church teaching on the subject of pacifism and just war, and also noting that this argument is especially needed as we are in an important election year:

    "The 2016 presidential election has presented a clarion moment for a statement of principles. "[W]e stand in the tradition of centuries of Christian reflection on the role of the state and the just use of force, from Augustine to Aquinas, from Luther and Calvin to Niebuhr and Elshtain.”

    The statement also comes at a time when many Christians are questioning the U.S.’s involvement overseas, due to the costly war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places.

    Source: Christians Should Not be Pacifists, Say Group of Evangelical Leaders - Christian News Headlines

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    Originally posted by William View Post
    The statement also comes at a time when many Christians are questioning the U.S.’s involvement overseas, due to the costly war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places.
    The question of whether we should be pacifists and the wisdom of our involvement in the Middle East are two different questions which should be considered separately. The fact that Israel engaged in wars at God's command shows that pacifism shouldn't be an option for Christians but I think that some of our military involvement has made things worse. When the US invaded Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein I was in favor of it but I now think it might have been a mistake. The Islamic extremists that are fighting for control in Iraq now are a greater menace than Saddam ever was.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by theophilus View Post
      The question of whether we should be pacifists and the wisdom of our involvement in the Middle East are two different questions which should be considered separately. The fact that Israel engaged in wars at God's command shows that pacifism shouldn't be an option for Christians but I think that some of our military involvement has made things worse. When the US invaded Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein I was in favor of it but I now think it might have been a mistake. The Islamic extremists that are fighting for control in Iraq now are a greater menace than Saddam ever was.
      Sort of like when God told Israel NOT to fight and they grabbed the Ark of the Covenant and charged out anyway ... it didn't end well for them, either.
      I wonder what would have happened if our leaders had called for the nation to put on sack cloth and ashes and pray instead of invading (It worked for more than one of Israel's kings IIRC).


      [PS. We need less focus on HAWK politics and more emphasis on making sure it really is a Just War.]
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