Michael Pearl: All right. Here we are. This is Mike Pearl and Jared coming to answer your Bible questions once again from Cane Creek. What is the first question?
Steve: Hi! I'm Steve from down in Mexico. And I've just got a quick question on what your belief was regarding peace teaching. I come from an Mennonite background and they teach non‑resistance. And I was just wondering how do you reconcile your beliefs with war and your support of the army in regard to the Bible and Jesus' teachings on love and peace and all that? If you could give a bit of an answer on that, that would be appreciated. Thank you.
Michael: All right. How do I reconcile my teaching with my support of the military? We've had that question before because we send bibles to the military. I would remind you that we also send bibles to the prisoners. I'm not supporting crime when I send bibles to the military. I'm not supporting war when I send bibles to the military. I'm supporting men who are in need of Christ, who need a bible. That's all I'm supporting. Do I think the war in Iraq is right? No, I don't. Do I think the war in Afghanistan is right? No, I don't. Would I vote to continue it? No, I wouldn't. But that's irrelevant. That's just a political view, that's not a biblical view. That's my personal view.
And so when we send toothbrushes to men in Iraq, or send coloring books to their children at home, and when we are thankful and proud of the commendations that they send us, then that's not a support of acts of violence. That's a support of individuals, of men.
When Jesus received the soldier and went to his house ‑‑ a Roman soldier, enemy of Israel ‑‑ and he healed his child, was Jesus supporting Rome? Was he supporting the vile acts of Rome? Was he supporting any acts of violence that that Roman soldier committed? Or was he was ministering to an individual?
So we minister to individuals. We've had people refuse to participate in our program of giving bibles and literature and Bible‑teaching tapes to the military out of a desire not to support violence. I don't understand that kind of thinking. That's more narrow‑minded than a four‑pound test monofilament fishing line.
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