The question of loving our enemies in war is very divisive among Jesus’ followers. Some believe we should never participate in war, while others develop a military family heritage. I cannot say my view is the one all believers must hold, and I cannot say that those who disagree with me are less serious about Jesus or his teaching than I am.
Let me share how I came to my position and why I hold it.
How a Library Book Seriously Inconvenienced My Life
I was raised in a small church with very little awareness of church history. When I was a senior in high school, I discovered a thrilling book in the library called Handbook of Denominations. I never realized how connected denominations were and what they believed.
The book listed contacts for the denominations, and I corresponded many of them. The Mennonites sent me material on pacifism that…
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