Use of Mil­i­tary Force

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Gary A. Hau­gen ar­gued “a lim­ited num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties in which the use of

mil­i­tary force can be ef­fec­tive and godly.”187 In the case of Rwanda it seems that in­ter­ven­tion by in­ter­na­tional troops was needed. Due to the ab­sence of forces hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple were vic­tims of geno­cide. Sim­i­larly, what is

hap­pen­ing in Myan­mar, with the coun­try be­ing blindly ruled by the mil­i­tary junta, shows the need of su­per­vi­sion by in­ter­na­tional troops.

In fol­low­ing God’s call to in­ter­vene on be­half of the op­pressed, Chris­tians will surely need wis­dom and guid­ance, act­ing as sheep in the midst of wolves, where it is nec­es­sary to be shrewd as ser­pents and in­no­cent as doves,”(Matt 10:16). James 1:5 points out the source of this wis­dom: “if any of you lacks wis­dom, let him ask of God.”188 Chris­tians are re­quired to be wise, and thus to know the ap­pro­pri­ate use of force.

Fur­ther, as Hau­gen ex­plains, “the prob­lem of vi­o­lence is not choos­ing be­tween vi­o­lence and non-vi­o­lence but the prob­lem of stan­dards in judg­ing what is the use of just power or un­just power. The op­po­site of vi­o­lence is not non-vi­o­lence but jus­tice.

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