Can someone please point me to the Scripture that requires Christians to be soft-headed and illogical?
No, I thought not.
I have been through my Bible carefully several times and I cannot find it either. So why do some clergy fail to think before they start spouting off? I can understand that the Rev PJ Jackson does not want to glorify war. Neither do I. It brings to a sudden end too many lives for questionable reasons, as in the Iraq ‘adventure’ for the glory of Tony Blair and George Bush.
We need to think about who causes wars. It is not the rank and file soldiers, sailors and airmen. It is the politicians. The rank and file servicemen are the ones who pay the price, in terms of lives and limbs, lost sight and lost mental faculties. Wearing a red poppy is a means of remembering and honouring those were killed and injured allowing politicians to make their quests for glory and a place in the history books. Serving one’s country in the armed services is an honourable profession and a dangerous one.
Was it wrong to remove the death camps set up by Hitler and his henchmen to eliminate those they saw as racially inferior? I would argue that what was wrong was that the United Kingdom failed to rearm and to oppose Hitler soon enough. Anyone who has had to deal with a bully will tell you that appeasement does not work. The only language that a bully understands is a firm response backed up with physical opposition if necessary. The longer the bullying goes on, the firmer the response necessary to put a stop to it.
We all accept that we need clean water and a separation of the foul water in sewage from the water we drink, but not all of us will work to maintain the sewers and get our hands dirty. Sometimes we need a similar separation of the clean and the foul in world politics, and it is the military, the ordinary servicemen, who get their hands dirty to keep these two apart.
But whether we are in the military or sat at home in an armchair, we owe it to ourselves and to all those around us to ensure that we use all the intellectual abilities that God has given us to think through logically every situation in which we find ourselves.