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TITLE:  WAR: A Biblical Perspective
TEXT:  Psalm 94:1-6
PROPOSITION:  War can be just.
KEY WORD:  Criteria


  1. This nation is at war in Iraq.
  2. 74% of US – right decision / 24% are opposed to us being in this war
  3. In Japan – 80% oppose; India 86& oppose; Great Britain only 54% support war
  4. Honest questions: What about innocent people who suffer? Hatred generated? What about loss of life? Maimed for life – loss of limbs, sight, etc.
  5. I am not trying to settle the political debate about war. I am looking to God for some help here.


  1. The Reality of Evil
    1. Psalm 94:3-6
    2. Romans 12:18 – If it is possible, live in peace with all men
    3. Psalm 94:16 – Who will rise up? Oppose the evildoer
  2. God has given governments the responsibility for the restraint of evil in the world.
    1. Romans 13:1-4
    2. Habakkuk 1:2-3
    3. “It may be true that the government cannot make a man love me. But it can keep him from lynching me and I think that is pretty important.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
  3. The Concept of a Just War
    1. Not all war is just or justifiable – Psalm 120:6-7
    2. 77% of USA believes that war is sometimes morally justified
    3. 12% said that war is NEVER justified
  4. Seven Principles for a Just War – Augustine (lived in the 5th century)
    1. Declared by a government – not personal, private revenge
    2. Right Intention – Is there a just cause?
    3. Proportionality – “Lesser of two evils” The evil we fight must justify the loss of life in the war itself.
    4. Discriminate – not looting, massacre, harm innocents
    5. Probability of Success – likelihood it will achieve its aims
    6. Last Resort – Diplomacy, reason, pleading, and other means fail first
    7. Redemptive – Reconcile after war is over – Germany, Japan
  5. What can be done?
    1. Pray
    2. Trust God
    3. Refuse to live in fear

NOTE: This outline is adapted from a sermon from White House Church of Christ website

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