I have written before about the Christian faith… and military. I wrote about Human rights and the lack of freedom to express in Western Europe.. Especially in countries like the Netherlands. I wrote about Humanity in warfare... a totally Christian view on warfare. This not only means military should act according to the “civilized” Geneva convention of war and refugees.
“You follow the rules of war for you — not your enemy. You fight by rules to keep your humanity.”
Ofcourse also Christian military, Kings, knights, popes, peasants from the highest levels to the lowest haven´t always behaved according these rules of war. Most times we can trace these atrocities and acts of war back to one simple thing: Greed. The pope who wages war because he want to expand his empire. Christian (German) soldiers who industrial gassed and murdered Jewish and other different peoples. A medieval king who butchers Muslim soldiers who surrendered.. all examples of the same problem.
Different levels, same Greed
We can see the problems above on different levels. We see Whole countries acting like this, we see individuals with power.. Kings, Pope’s and so on… and individuals without “power” but still be able to follow there own interest. An interesting example is King David, who Sends Moab to war to be killed so he can take Moab’s wife.
14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. 15 In it he wrote, “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.”
…26 When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him.27 After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.
Not God who did it or commanded it! Though these days God always has done it… while the I-God (you, yourself and I) have no stake in it, right?
You as an individual
My personal advise to people who are Christian and want to serve in the military: Look into what plan God has for you. God, in my opinion, isn’t against soldiers, military or even politicians… What he is against… what displeases Him… is when you use your position as a soldier or politician (or whatever) to your own interest, lusts and greed. (Yes all those I-god things so important these days. So in fact God and Christianity are totally opposite to the current western worldview.
Countries & empires
And that creates a problem… You yourself can act according these rules and do good, wherever you go. But what about politics, governments and the military chain of command? What if the Government of (in this case the Netherlands… but what about the United States or Great Britain?) uses it’s military force not to defend their peoples, or help people in distress. But just to take… raw materials, increase their influence or secure economic market place.. in (post) occupied countries.
Yes this is a sidestep… but an important one: Again the JSF is an example.. it reflects the mindset… also reflected in the TTIP world domination deal.
Watch this movie complete. it’s about 10 minutes but it goes from important words from President Eisenhower.. to former US Army General Wesley Clark. (Here you can find the written speech of President Eisenhower.)
I will try to post a blog in the near future about this movie.
Some fragments.. which are important to realize: the corrupted society. I see these changes in society – drifting away from God… and at the same time, the greed, and power grabbing we did, and the increase of differences between rich (us) and the poor (others, you know what I’m talking about. This is the reality of today! This is what President Eisenhower warned us about:
…we yet realize that America’s leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.
Throughout America’s adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among people and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people.
First of all, Im curious about the Current President’s farewell address. Will he talk about God like this. His behavior the last couple of years are totally the opposite to this way of thinking. Time for a new Eisenhower like POTUS i would say. (but whom could that be? I fear the worst with the current democrat and republican candidates……..
Biblical vision about military
The bible gives high accounts of military people. The Centurion, for example which amazes Jesus with his faith: “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith”.
5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help.
6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.”
7 Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.”
8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.
9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
10 When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith”.
Also Paul writes and says a lot about soldiers. About their discipline, about their weapons and other gear. About fighting the (good) fight. And conquering evil.
Most western military forces these days have good equipped and good disciplined trained forces. They are used for the good, they are operating in countries to help people. Unfortunately a lot of those operations are realy meant to support other means. The interests of some politicians, some officers some industrialists. Like the position we god thanks to our rather large deployment to Uruzgan in Afghanistan. Our government at the time was invited to the G20, Our former minister of Foreign Affairs received in the same period of time his new job as Secretary General of the NATO. Coincidence? The results are clear, the have been 25 soldiers killed, 140 wounded, we lost a lot of vehicles and aircraft (1 F16, 1 Apache and two Chinook) And The Defense organization ate itself out because the deployment was to big for the people and budget our government wants to spend on defense. A Dutch saying says:”they wanted to sit for a dime on the first row”… Ad now, some 5 years after this mission our armed forces still feels the problems. And did the mission succeed? Yes we build a lot of facilities for the local population, we promoted democracy we gave medical support. But does it still function? Was it worth it? Was it worth for our people to chat within the G20 for as long as it lasted?
Once again, I don’t want to be Anti-American but I do want to say that their interests aren’t always the same as the Dutch (peoples) interests. Our governments, especially those with CDA and VVD onboard, keep selling our interests in the interest of the United States. Why? What’s the benefit for us, the people? Defense and military force should be used for one thing, and for one thing only. Helping and defending people of evil countries and evil organizations / individuals who don’t care for people. If used for the good – military forces can be a means to do this. And to do so: To keep the peace is to prepare for war! My biblical motto is from Isaiah 1 vs 17:And I would love to have this taken over by any Dutch government, military commander and soldier from now on!
17 learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of th