Onward, Christian Soldiers

Just War Theory redux:

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

– Matthew 22:37-40

How are we to love ourselves, and, ergo, our neighbours?

Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.  

– Matthew 18:8-9

Yes sir, the Lord is a man of war (Exodus 15:3). That’s why they call it the Church Militant. Clear?

But, don’t get cocky, kid. NB, if you don’t start with loving yourself properly first, it’s cheating.

Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

– Matthew 7:5

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  1. The song of the sea comes to mind:
    Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:

    “I will sing to the Lord,

    for he is highly exalted.

    The horse and its rider

    he has hurled into the sea.

    2The Lord is my strength and my song;

    he has become my salvation.

    He is my God, and I will praise him,

    my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

    3The Lord is a warrior;

    the Lord is his name.

    4Pharaoh’s chariots and his army

    he has hurled into the sea.

    The best of Pharaoh’s officers

    are drowned in the Red Sea.a

    5The deep waters have covered them;

    they sank to the depths like a stone.

    6“Your right hand, O Lord,

    was majestic in power.

    Your right hand, O Lord,

    shattered the enemy.

    7In the greatness of your majesty

    you threw down those who opposed you.

    You unleashed your burning anger;

    it consumed them like stubble.

    8By the blast of your nostrils

    the waters piled up.

    The surging waters stood firm like a wall;

    the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.

    9“The enemy boasted,

    ‘I will pursue, I will overtake them.

    I will divide the spoils;

    I will gorge myself on them.

    I will draw my sword

    and my hand will destroy them.’

    10But you blew with your breath,

    and the sea covered them.

    They sank like lead

    in the mighty waters.

    11“Who among the gods is like you, O Lord?

    Who is like you—

    majestic in holiness,

    awesome in glory,

    working wonders?

    12You stretched out your right hand

    and the earth swallowed them.

    13“In your unfailing love you will lead

    the people you have redeemed.

    In your strength you will guide them

    to your holy dwelling.

    14The nations will hear and tremble;

    anguish will grip the people of Philistia.

    15The chiefs of Edom will be terrified,

    the leaders of Moab will be seized with trembling,

    the peopleb of Canaan will melt away;

    16terror and dread will fall upon them.

    By the power of your arm

    they will be as still as a stone—

    until your people pass by, O Lord,

    until the people you boughtc pass by.

    17You will bring them in and plant them

    on the mountain of your inheritance—

    the place, O Lord, you made for your dwelling,

    the sanctuary, O Lord, your hands established.

    18The Lord will reign

    for ever and ever.”

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