Ron Paul is Terribly Wrong
Ron Paul posted this on Facebook today regarding the death of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle:
As a veteran, I certainly recognize that this weekend’s violence and killing of Chris Kyle were a tragic and sad event. My condolences and prayers go out to Mr. Kyle’s family. Unconstitutional and unnecessary wars have endless unintended consequences. A policy of non-violence, as Christ preached, would have prevented this and similar tragedies. –REP
So is Lew Rockwell and his side-kick columnist, Laurence Vance. You see, all three have an unbiblical view of Jesus Christ as the Prince of Peace.
All three of these gentlemen are reading into Scripture what they want it to mean so it fits nicely with their presuppositions regarding Christianity and war.
Jesus was not, as much as they would like Him to be, a pacifist. No, no, no sir. Jesus was never a pacifist at all, and you must understand this.
Nowhere does the New Testament address modern issues like unilateral disarmament, use of weapons of mass destruction, the morality of war, governmental policies on foreign relations, police brutality, etc.. The reason is because the Bible deals with principles, not specifics on these things. Jesus Himself as well as His apostles were silent on these things.
Nowhere in the New Testament did the Lord Jesus or His apostles ever tell anyone that any government should disarm or express disapproval of the righteous use of force. There is no Scripture teaching us that a nation should not have an army. Now, if we argue against a standing military in the U.S., we go to the Constitution, but that’s another matter. The Old Testament supports and addresses the righteous use of violent force against others and, with the silence of the New Testament on this issue, it stands eternally. Jesus is God, and in Scripture, God commanded wars and military action.
The point is this, in all the comments about the irony of Christians following the Prince of Peace and still supporting war in one way or another, these men fail to understand that when Scripture speaks of Jesus as the Prince of Peace, it refers to Him as the only means of peace between man and God the Father. That’s what it means by the title of the Prince of Peace. Scripture says:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6
Before His ascension to the right hand of the Father, Jesus Himself spoke of the peace He came to bring:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. – John 14:27
Ron Paul, Lew Rockwell and many others who hold to their erroneous view are telling you that Jesus, as the Prince of Peace, desires us to have peace as the world knows and gives, a worldly peace, without wars and just, righteous use of violent force, and that my friends, is a terrible misunderstanding of Scripture. They are reading into the Bible what simply is not there.
You see, one of the first blessings a Christian receives from God upon being saved is peace with God, not peace in pacifism!
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. – Romans 5:1
Do you see it there? Peace with God, not peace of or in the world. And such a peace can only be obtained as a gift from God, apart from works, through the substitution of Jesus Christ, fully man, fully God, who suffered the wrath of His Father in our place, as our substitute. Christ for us! All that He lived and has done, for all that we are and have done.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased! – Luke 2:14
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