Many people believe that war is an evil act that should be avoided as much as possible. War is seen as a desperate time in which many suffer and die fighting for something they may not even fully understand or actually believe in. Some soldiers may go to war just to be heroic and earn that honor, others may find no other meaning for their life, while few may actually want to fight because it is what they believe in.
In my opinion, war is necessary, but it is also not something we should look forward too. Since the beginning of time, war has been a part of our society. I think that we have learned to make it a part of our every day life without even realizing it. We have done this by honoring those who have bravely died protecting us, by protesting either for or against the war, and by celebrating our victories and mourning our loses. Without it, we would not be able to evolve and grow. Through war we are able to stand up for our beliefs.
War is not pretty, nor is it ideal, but it is a very real part of our every day life. Even in the purest book such as the bible, goals were achieved through the act of war. God allowed his warriors to fight and win battles so that his name could be glorified. The Lord made a promise to Abraham that he would lead the Jews out of Egypt and into the promised land. This promise was not fully met until many generations later when Moses was in charge and later when Joshua took over. Joshua was told, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them,” (Joshua 1:6, The English Standard Version Bible). Throughout the whole book of Joshua, it talks about different battles that Joshua fought and won when he was conquering the land of Egypt. Before every battle the Lord would tell Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them, for tomorrow at this time I will give over all of them, slain, to Israel,” (Joshua 11:6).
If war was really this horrible act that should never be used, then why is it that God allowed Joshua and many other characters from the bible to have such glorious victories? I believe that if war was that terrible, God would have corrected them, just as he corrects all other sins.
So when exactly does a misunderstanding or conflict become much more then just that? When is a state of war declared? What causes a disagreement to lead to such anger and rage?
Maybe this state of war is declared when the rulers see no other option but to stand up with arms. When they feel like they have been disrespected enough and they no longer want to deal with it.
War is not ideal, but is real. War is not pretty, but is has kept nations together.
The English Standard Version Bible. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. Print.