I am sick and tired of people in our country, the United States, complaining about our troops having to go to war, and saying that we should let someone else fight, and our president not sending enough troops to Afghanistan (that the generals are desperately asking for). The truth is, if we don’t send our troops to fight the evils abroad, those evil ones (ISIS, Al-Qaida, the Taliban) will eventually flood into our country.
We really need to be resolved of the truth that as long as there is evil in the world, war is necessary! And since evil seems to be increasing every day, we need to increase our war effort every day! That is the sad truth.
And if you are saying that war is bad, that it is evil, that is not true. War is not bad or evil. No. It is necessary. In fact, God has put it in our nature to war against evil.
When Satan brought sin into the world, God declared war on him, and promised as his punishment that He would raise up a seed that would always be against him. In Genesis 3:15, God said to Satan,
And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel.”
That seed, the seed of the woman, refers to all that are in the family of God—believers in Christ. Hence, as soon as we enter His family, God puts a new warlike hatred in our heart for sin and Satan. Says Charles Spurgeon, “The first thing He [God] does [when He saves us] is that he comes to us in mercy and puts enmity between us and the Serpent. That is the very first work of grace.”
There are many many examples, in the scriptures, of war being the normal and accepted thing to do. Here are just a few examples.
And Moses spoke to the people, saying, “Arm men from among you for the war, that they may go against Midian, to execute the Lord’s vengeance on Midian. 4 A thousand from each tribe of all the tribes of Israel you shall send to the war.” 5 So there were furnished from the thousands of Israel, a thousand from each tribe, twelve thousand armed for war. 6 And Moses sent them, a thousand from each tribe, to the war, and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war with them, and the holy vessels and the trumpets for the alarm in his hand. 7 So they made war against Midian, just as the Lord had commanded Moses, and they killed every male. 8 And they killed the kings of Midian along with the rest of their slain: Evi and Rekem and Zur and Hur and Reba, the five kings of Midian; they also killed Balaam the son of Beor with the sword.
But Moses said to the sons of Gad and to the sons of Reuben, “Shall your brothers go to war while you yourselves sit here? 7 “Now why are you discouraging the sons of Israel from crossing over into the land which the Lord has given them?
And he captured all their kings and struck them down and put them to death. 18 Joshua waged war a long time with all these kings.
2 Samuel 11:1
Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah.