Published: February, 2016.
Would Jesus agree that we should build a strong military?
Many people that are christians argue that it is essential to build up a strong military force and use it abroad against any enemy.
Jesus spoke of alternative ways compared to the conventional Jewish thinking at the time. Instead of punishment and retaliation Jesus was for radical forgiveness.
"Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." (Matthew 5:44)
When we compare with the policies that are being used today they are the opposite of what Jesus would have wanted. It would certainly not be year long wars against bombing and other military operations against other nations and their people.
Warplanes during Desert Strom, by USAF.