[From the archives.]
I was driving behind a pickup truck the other day. It had one of those see-through decal graphics that covered the entire rear window. The decal displayed a huge handgun that had just been fired, but instead of a bullet coming out it had an awfully fierce looking dove coming as its projectile. Below it read “Blessed are the peacemakers – Matthew 5:9.”
You know, if we’re going to arm ourselves in order to keep the peace, I want something bigger than a handgun. In fact, the Second Amendment says the purpose of bearing arms is so we can have a well regulated militia and we all know that militias are for fighting wars – like the Minutemen of 1776 – so I want to arm myself with weapons of war. Modern weapons of war, though. That’ll keep the peace all right.
That means that instead of a handgun, I want a tank. In fact, I want a battalion of tanks. And I want a squadron of fighter jets. A fully equipped air craft carrier complete with a nuclear arsenal would be nice too. After all, a militia fights battles and those are the types of weaponry that wins battles.
Some people say that nowadays wars are fought in closer quarters, though, and a battalion of tanks wouldn’t be as much good. OK, how about I get to own a crate of hand grenades? Nope, not allowed. The United States Supreme Court says the Second Amendment does not prohibit the government from making it illegal to own them. Automatic rifles, then? Nope, ditto. Anything that might actually work in a militia style battle: RPGs, SAMs, IEDs? Nope, nope, nope.
It’s probably just as well. I don’t think I can swing the financing for an aircraft carrier anyway.
The Kingdom Way of Weaponry
As citizens of God’s kingdom, we have different weapons. We have the Holy Spirit within us (2 Timothy 1:14), the power of the Bible which is sharper than a two edged sword (Hebrews 4:12-13), and the armor of God that includes the readiness of the gospel of peace. (Ephesians 6:15.)
In the end, there really is no need for modern weaponry in order to fulfill God’s purposes. Here’s what will happen to it all:
He will judge between many peoples
and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore. (Micah 4:3.)