Use of Military Force
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.