The history of the world is primarily a history of war. One of my all-time favorite movies is “Braveheart,” a movie about war. There are many “war movies,” many that are my favorites. The Old Testament books about the history of Israel and the surrounding nations are primarily about war.
I was born in 1948 and the nation of Israel was reborn in 1948. Since then Israel has been in continuous war with the Palestinians and other neighboring countries with little, if any break. In my lifetime the following wars have been and are being fought.
1948 – 1960 the Malayan war; 1949 – the Yangtze war; 1950 to 1953 – the Korean War; 1952 to 1960 the Kenya war; 1950 to 1959 the Cyprus war; 1955 to 1975 the Vietnam war; 1956 the Suez Crisis; 1962 to 1963 the Brunei war; 1963 to 1966 the Indonesian war; 1963 to 1967 the Aden war; 1990 to 1991 the Gulf war; 1991 to 2002 the Sierra Leonean war; 1992 to 1995 the Bosnian war; 1998 to 1999 Kosovo war; 2001 to 2014 the Afganastan war; 2003 to 2011 the Iraq war; 2011 to present the Libya war; 2011 to present the Syrian war; 2014 to present the Yemen war; 2014 to present the ISIS war; 2022 the Ukranian war.
Back in the day before gun powder wars were fought with swords, spears, bow and arrows, and horses. Now there are very sophisticated weapons of war that can kill thousands if not millions of people in a short amount of time. Nuclear war has been hanging over our heads since I was born.
There is a lot about war that I don’t understand. There is a lot about war in the Bible that I don’t understand. God commanded the start of many wars. He commanded the killing of women and children in war. The end of human history as we know it will end with a war that Jesus leads.
I have established five principles to help me live and navigate in times of war around the world.
1. Every person is going to die, whether by COVID or war or old age, and every person is then going to spend eternity in torment in hell unless they have been reborn by faith in Jesus Christ as their savior and Lord. What ought to consume my thinking is not war but lost people and how to reach them. An interesting fact is that far more people come to faith in Jesus during times of war than during times of peace.
2. Very few people know all the information about the why, the motives, the details of a war so I need to be careful about getting on a soapbox about issues of the war until I am well informed.
3. It is governments that cause war and drag the country they are governing into war, but so far as it depends on me I will be at peace with all men.
4. God is all powerful, He can start wars and He can end wars, and my most effective influence in the world is through prayer. In the Bible those who were prayer “warriors” had their most significant victories during times of war.
5. The devil is my enemy and he is trying to destroy me and every other Christian, and I need to fight against him constanty. The physical, visible wars being fought in the world today should remind me of the struggle I have daily against the kingdom of darkness.