Much has been made of the “soldier of God” aspect of Christianity (2 Timothy 2:3-4) Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer; and I agree with it… in context. Read on, and verse 14 says Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.
Has the soldier metaphor been taken too far? (Literally as well as figuratively?) I saw a picture of a gun called “Peacemaker” with that verse (Matthew 5:9) under it. Really? Peace through violence? I’ve heard the justifications and the rhetoric, but bigger guns DO NOT bring peace! More wars DO NOT bring peace!! At best they lead to a stalemate. At worst, they lead to death.
Jesus’ well-known (and much picked-apart) Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5, 6 and 7) tells us that we will be blessed if we are meek, merciful, and poor in spirit, if we mourn, and if we are persecuted. And that’s just the beginning. (Don’t get me started on most Christians’ least favorite verse: Mt 5:39 Turn the other cheek.)
God alone is judge. I will leave that to Him, and I will do my best to be a peacemaker.