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Just War

Matthew 5:38-48 and Romans 12:9-13:1-7

  1. Pumpkin Pie or Apple Pie? Which most tastes like fall?
  1. What is Jesus calling His followers to do and be in Matthew 5 especially verses 43-48?
  1. Please read Romans 12:9 – 13:7. How do we implement both the call to “bless those who persecute you” and submit ourselves to the governing authorities who “do not bear the sword in vain”?
  1. What are the reasons you would give for going to war and what are the reasons you would give for not going to war?
  1. Is it possible to fulfill the biblical call to “love our neighbor” and to also go to war?
  1. Why would war ever be considered a loving thing to do?
  1. How would you provide justification for war? How would you provide justification for not participating in a particular war? That is, what criteria would you use to decide a war is not “just”?
  1. How does the gospel of Jesus bring hope in the face of war?