From Patriot To Priest

In the light of today’s continuing violence and conflict between Israel and her enemies, I write this article and invite all readers to my website. The heartless double talk concerning war or peace for Jerusalem by America’s policy makers, requires all of us to examine the Bible’s prophecies regarding the relationship between Israel and the United States. The terrorism and rumors of war renew basic questions within me about war and how Christians should view war.

The five years I spent in the United States Army, back during the Vietnam era, are still a large part of my life today. The memories of friends and experiences, especially the year spent in Vietnam, seem like they occurred yesterday. I was born and raised to be a patriot. Webster defines a patriot as: “A person who loves, supports, and defends his country and its interests.”

Can someone who is born again into the Kingdom of God still remain a patriot? Obviously, our Lord commands us to love all people as He does. I don’t think loving people is what Webster is referring to. Can a born again person still fight and kill to defend the country and its interests? Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight….pick up your cross and follow me.” John wrote in Revelation 5:10, “and hast made us unto our God Kings and priests, and we shall reign on the earth.”

The answer to my questions seems pretty simple and obvious, doesn’t it ? Jesus Christ is coming soon and we are all to be ready, without spot or wrinkle! One final question needs to be asked: “Why is the God of Israel allowing all of this tragedy to come upon His chosen people?”