When one gets into the specifics of which war to fight, how to go about obtaining justice, what kind of force should be used and how in particular one should protect the innocent, the way gets kind of muddy. (“The devil is in the details.”) Someone has said that simplicity on this side of complexity isn’t worth dink, but that simplicity on the other side of complexity is incredibly valuable. I sometimes fear that Christians (both pacifist Christians and “kill the enemy for Jesus” Christians) have never taken the time to go through the complexity. Jesus said that we were to be “as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.”I've liked that idea of post-complexity simplicity for a long time. Of course, getting there is another matter.
That’s not an easy thing to do and, if it seems to be, we haven’t understood.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Steve Brown on war and peace: