Friday, August 14, 2009

Warrior's Dilemma, 8

Continued from "Warrior's Dilemma, 7"

I want to continue the investigation into what constitutes a just war with a quote from R. J. Rushdoony's The Institutes of Biblical Law.

In surveying military laws, we find that, first, when wars are fought in terms of a defense of justice and the suppression of evil, and in defense of the homeland against an enemy, they are a part of the necessary work of restitution or restoration, and they are therefore spoken of in Scripture as the wars of the Lord (Num. 21:14). The preparation of soldiers involved a religious dedication to their task (Josh. 3:5). (p.277)

Thus, as God's appointed minister of justice, the civil ruler visits retributive justice upon those those who would harm his people contrary to God's Law. He vindicates God's law with reference to all its enemies, foreign and domestic.

The last statement indicates my bias concerning what constitutes the true "supreme law of the land".

There are more Scriptural regulations of war that we will consider in a future post[s].

1 comment:

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

Waiting and excited!