Upon the news that twenty one Christians were brutally slain by ISIS I thought about Jesus on His fateful day . . . .
If war were right for Christians today, it would have been right for the apostles and even Christ himself. But, blessed be God, we are not left in darkness and doubt on this important question, for the perfect Messiah has precisely communicated with us, with His own lips, that His work on earth for all Christians was to be, as it always has been, a work of peace and love only. He said, as He kindly and faithfully rebuked His erring disciples on the matter of violence, “You know not what manner of spirit you are of, for the Son of Man came not to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” Let it never be forgotten that He left us an example, that we should follow His steps; and let it always be remembered that He has left us no examples of cruel violence, war, vengeance, or bloodshed. The meek and teachable saint can find no place in the Gospel to place his searching foot except on the sure ground of Peace forever, and War and violence, never!