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Freedom is Never Free
Often we hear that all war is wrong. Wrong for the defenders as well as for the aggressors. That war is wrong even when waged with the sincere purpose of defending the innocent and restraining evil. Yet much of the religious and political freedoms, which we take for granted today, were won through wars approved of by the churches of those days.
The Battle of Tours
If the people of Europe had not resisted the Islamic invasions of the Moors and the Turks, then Europe would have been conquered. What is today called Europe could be Eurabia. Islam would have replaced Christianity and the mission-sending base from where the Faith was communicated to us. Recent history would be completely unrecognizable had Charles Martel, the Hammer, not rallied the fighting men of Europe on the plains of Portiers in the Battle of Tours.
Self-Defence is Mandated in God's Law
The Law of God is clear: "If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no quilt for his bloodshed." Exodus 22:2. The Law of God establishes the basic right of self-defence. Any person is justified in defending himself, or his family, whenever they are attacked, or their lives are in danger. Any weapon is permissible for use in self-defence. The Law of God does not say that the homeowner is guilty if he uses a sword, but innocent if he uses a club! The issue is not one of weapons, tools, but the right and duty of self-defence.
Lessons from God's Creatures
It is noticeable that God has provided His creatures with weapons. Almost every animal has some means of defence, for flight, or fight, or means of camouflage, to defend themselves and their loved ones. God has equipped His creatures with claws, talons, teeth, horns, hooves and tusks. How can it be that the Creator has provided His Creation with weapons and with the instinct to protect their lives and their young, but Bible-believing, born-again, Spirit-filled, names written in the Lambs' Book of Life, believers, are expected to instead be pacifist doormats, like salt that has lost its saltiness, good for nothing, but to be thrown outside and trampled underfoot!