I, only moments ago, finished revising my forthcoming book, Peacemaking: A Story of Redemption. I then read these intriguing comments from Republican Senator Rand Paul as reported by the Atlantic:
“I’m not a pacifist. But I do think it unacceptable not to hate war. I’m dismissive of those who champion war as sport, and show no reluctance to engage in war. Any leader who shows glee or eagerness for war should not be leading any nation. I believe truly great leaders are reluctant to go to war, and trying mightily to avoid war. Though I detest violence, I would kill someone who injured or threatened my family. Though I hate war, I could commit a nation to war. But only reluctantly and constitutionally, and after great deliberation. I believe that while some would find this a contradiction in terms, that there is such a thing as a Christian or just theory of war. That a just war is a war of self-defense. At the same time, I’m conflicted. I don’t believe Jesus would’ve killed anyone, or condoned killing, perhaps not even in self-defense. I’m conflicted.”
Oh, man! I can’t wait to lend a public voice to this ongoing debate. It won’t be long now.