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Home » Archives » News Archives » 2006 » The Draft and Liberty of Conscience » Sometimes War is Unavoidable

Reader's Response: Sometimes War is Unavoidable

J.T. writes:

Don't you think it is time for the SDA church to re-evaluate its
position with respect to conscientious objection to ALL war?  Does not
the Bible call us to be soldiers for G-D?  As Dante stated, "The hottest
places in Hell are reserved for those who, at times of moral crisis, did
nothing."  In general, taking lives is something to be avoided.
However, the greater good must be considered.  There are times at which
the taking of a life is necessary to protect a larger number of lives.
Furthermore, there are times at which the life being protected by
refusal to fight is a life who has destroyed G-D's people, and
blasphemed the L--D in his destruction of G-D's creation.

The draft is a necessity if we are to be able to stop the onslaught of
evil in this world.  To consider oneself a conscientious objector when
the enemy is the current leader of Iran or the current leader of
Venezuela is not a courageous stand against death, but a cowardly
position against G-D, against human life, and in favor of slavery,
murder, and oppression.

"Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be bought at the price of
chains and slavery?  Forbid it, Almighty G-D.  I know not what choice
others may make, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"