It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading spread of roofs and balconies a fluttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun; daily the young volunteers marched down the wide avenue gay and fine in their new uniforms, the proud fathers and mothers and sisters and sweethearts cheering them with voices choked with happy emotion as they swung by; nightly the packed mass meetings listened, panting, to patriot oratory with stirred the deepest deeps of their hearts, and which they interrupted at briefest intervals with cyclones of applause, the tears running down their cheeks the while; in the churches the pastors preached devotion to flag and country, and invoked the God of Battles beseeching His aid in our good cause in outpourings of fervid eloquence which moved every listener.
The following article was written as a term paper at Harding School of Theology on the topic of "Pacifism Within Churches of Christ". I hope our readers will consider the topic and learn what many throughout the history have rejected due to their emotions. May we always be a people who settle for nothing less than the word of God.
A Four Part Study of Christians and War, Military Service, Police Service, and Self Defense - By George and Nathan Battey
May Christians participate in the military branches of government? How about the police force? What does the Bible teach about self defense? This is a 4 part series:
1) The Old Testament teachings - by George Battey
2) The New Testament teachings - by George Battey
3) The Law of the United States & "What if" questions/arguments. - by George Battey
4) The Bible and Self Defense - by Nathan Battey
is an evangelist of the Church of Christ in Arlington, Texas.