Political Nature of War Reaches Sunday Sermons

By Sneller, Beth | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), March 24, 2003 | Go to article overview

Political Nature of War Reaches Sunday Sermons


Sneller, Beth, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Beth Sneller Daily Herald Staff Writer

He didn't say the United States should be going to war with Iraq.

But the Rev. Bill Miller did show his Sunday morning congregation evidence from the Bible that justifies war - if it's for the right reasons.

The pastor of Crosswinds Church, which meets at the AMC Cantera 30 Theatres in Warrenville, preached to a group of about 150 people on what the Bible says about war. He was among the scores of religious leaders trying to make sense of the Iraqi conflict for followers on Sunday.

In a nutshell, Miller said, the Bible teaches that a good war is dependent on the situation.

"There are times when war is morally justified," he said.

Miller pointed out to his listeners that the commandment "Thou shalt not kill" is more accurately translated as "Do not murder" - which has a distinctly different meaning.

"Humanity is forbidden from indiscriminately taking the lives of others, and that is murder," he acknowledged.

But when a person - like Saddam Hussein - has taken the lives of others, the Bible says it may be lawful to destroy him, Miller said. That is not murder, he said.

After all, God once destroyed everyone in the world in a flood - except Noah and his family - because they weren't righteous people, Miller said.

The big question about war, he said, is whether it is just. …

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