Memorial Day is about remembering those who sacrificed their lives in defense of their country, families, and freedoms. It also reminds us of the harsh reality of war. Wars and rumors of war will be a continuing fact of life on Earth until Jesus reigns on Earth Matthew 24:4-7. Until the day comes when war will cease we will need our swords (military, defense, and implements of warfare) Joel 2:10.
Christianity in its mission does not advocate war, murder, or violence to advance its cause but righteousness, peace, and joy (Romans 14:17). It does, however, recognize the existence of evil and the need for duly authorized governments to use the “sword” to execute judgment against that evil. It does so because it recognizes:
1). Man is a sinner, apart from God, and is not in himself good (fallen man) Ephesians 2:1-3.
2). Man left to himself would destroy the entire human race Genesis 6:5,11,13 (only 8 righteous people left).
3). Satan is the temporary ruler of this world and his own world system which he promotes through evil men John 14:30; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2; 1 John 2:15-17
Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers… (Matthew 5:9),” but being a peacemaker is not being a pacifist. Pacifism is not a Christian doctrine. Pacifism’s premise is that man is fundamentally good and if only men would put down their weapons, others would follow. This is humanistic. There will be no pacifism when Jesus defeats the antichrist’s military forces at Armageddon Revelation 19:14,15,17-20. There will be no world peace until Jesus Returns to rule on Earth but there can be spiritual peace between God and believers in Jesus Christ. Those who accept the reality of war and make preparations for war have learned from history that they have more peace than those who try appeasement and avoidance of war at any cost.