“a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:8 (NIV)
God instructs us to love one another; He also tells us to hate what he hates. “Love the sinner but hate the sin.”
In January 2015, the carnage in Paris at the office of Charlie Hebdo is an example of something God did not like. That one act of violence sent European police forces into a state of heightened awareness of other groups bent on killing the right of free speech. The November 2015 bloodbath in Paris has made the whole world more cautious of danger.
In our world’s history, we have an untold number of volumes of books written and movies made about the two world wars our nations have fought. World War 1 started when the murder the Archduke Fritz Ferdinand brought about a swift alignment of nations due to alliances. World War 2 stemmed from the brutal genocide of the Jewish people. Figuring into the reason for this war was, again, the alliances between nations.
In each of these wars, freedom-loving nations defended a basic principle of life. Before nations become involved in wars, I believe their leaders need to spend time need to evaluate the events causing that ultimate decision.