Three fairly significant biblical examples appear to support a believer’s participation in the military:
- Jesus’s approval of a king who waged war against wicked people (Matthew 21:33–41).
- In Luke 3:14 John did not command them to resign from military service, but to be content in that position with its wages. Their behavior was to be just and honest — even while remaining soldiers.
- In John 18:36 Jesus stated that it would have been proper for His disciples to defend His kingdom with swords if it had been an earthly kingdom.
In addition, New Testament writers employ a variety of military metaphors to describe the character of the believer: the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10–20), being a “good soldier” (2 Timothy 2:3–4), and waging spiritual warfare (2 Corinthians 10:1–6).… Continue reading