We’ve seen that human solutions are never as good as divine ones. We’ve seen that evil rulers and nations are sometimes agents of God to bring about a greater good. We’ve seen that God’s timetable for dealing with evil often spans decades and centuries.
So let’s tie some of this together. What are the sorts of things that make us forego “Sermon on the Mount” responses in favor of violent responses? It’s usually things like:
- Said dictator/country/terrorist is so evil that we must act
- Said situation is so urgent that we must act
- Military action will solve this situation permanently
Problem is, none of that squares with what we see in the Bible. God and God alone takes care of evil. He often uses other evil people to do it. (which is something to consider when we choose to step into that role!)
God takes care of things on his own time. Part of faith is being willing to wait on the Lord, rather than rush ahead to human solutions.
And our solutions are never as good as God’s solutions. Our wars “solve” one problem and create a new one. World War II was won by working with Communist leaders, which led to the Cold War. The Cold War was fought by arming Muslim extremists against the Soviets, which led to Al Qaida and other terrorist groups. And so on.
What if Christians tried doing things God’s way instead of man’s way? It’s at least worth a try.