Since the September 11th, 2001attack on the World Trade the world has never been the same again. The war on terrorism has witnessed unprecedented levels as resources continue to be invested for the course. The war on terrorism has also led to invasions in some places that the terrorists themselves do not exist and caused deaths. Noteworthy is the fact in the midst of the terror war, the Christian perspective has been barely audible both at the initiation of the global war on terror and at present. This begs the question; is America war on terror justified from the Christian perspective. In this paper, I contend that the war on terror is unjustified from a personal Christian perspective by highlighting various reasons as described hereafter.
In order to determine the right response to terrorism, it is necessary that we establish what constitutes terrorism and who perpetuates terrorism and what Christian teaching advocates as the relevant response. Terrorism applies to the unlawful exploitation of force, threats, and violence as a means to obtaining political agendas (Victoroff, 2005). Behind acts of terrorism is what is considered in the Bible as “evil”. It is the evil that aims to distract, deceive, and destroy (Holy Bible). It is the devil that precipitates the egregious acts of terrorism. In this sense, it behooves all Christians including those in political and administration quarters to take cognizance of the fact that all evil works are demonic in nature. When this fact is taken into account, we should also embrace the idea that terrorism is perpetuated by a radical fringe of people who claim to profess the religion of Islam. Having understood that terrorists are few evil people and that all evil are demonic in nature, the next question to ask is; how does the bible expect us to respond to act of terrorism as Christians.
In Ephesians 6: 12, it says “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (Holy Bible)." The principal wisdom that emanates from this teaching is that the most appropriate way in addressing evils is prayers. As Christians, it is only through prayers that the evil behind terrorism can be resisted. In the prayers, we should ask God to bring his kingdom on all the nations of the world and that righteousness, peace, joy, and God’s power would be brought to all nations and people of the world. On this account, it becomes apparent on why war on terror is not the right response since we do not seem to engage God through prayers in seeking the solution to terrorism. As a matter of fact, the US as a Christian nation did not seek God’s intervention through prayers but instead chose the war on terror option. To date, terrorism has not ended in America and the rest of the world which goes to show that the war on terror approach has not been effective.
The second reason...