Morality of killing in war

This is war.  They hate you.  They are evil.  They want to kill you.  They have tried to kill you.  “They” are the enemy and they are fighting for an evil cause.  

In war, it is kill or be killed.  Yet although you had to do it, and you would do it again, down deep you have these guilt feelings. Should US soldiers feel guilty for killing the enemy?

Some things you need to keep in mind.

1) In war, you must believe that the cause of the United States is just. If our cause in war is just, it is essentially self defense. There is no doubt that our cause in Iraq and Afghanistan is just and that the insurgents are fighting for an unjust cause. 

2) US troops have a MORAL OBLIGATION to defend themselves as best they can.  It is the moral duty of US troops to kill the enemy and save their own life and their buddies lives.  It is morally wrong to allow the enemy to get the edge on you because you don’t want to kill them.

3) There is overwhelming evidence that Jesus and the Bible supports just wars.  In Luke 3:14, Roman soldiers ask Jesus “And what should we do?”  Jesus replies, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely - be content with your pay.”  Jesus did NOT say to trade in your swords for flower power.

Jesus also said “he who lives by the sword will die by the sword”  Saddam lived by the sword and he suffered the consequences.  The Talliban in Afghanistan lived by the sword and they suffered the consequences.  The Japanese and Germans in WWII lived by the sword and suffered the consequences.

Jesus also made other statements that can be used to support a pacifist agenda, notably “turn the other cheek”, “do good to your enemies” and His teachings on forgiveness and judging others.  As with anything in the Bible, you need to put things in context.  For instance, if your child constantly hits you, does that mean you “turn the other cheek” and allow your child to run out of control?  Obviously not.  Does “do good to your enemy” mean a judge should release a rapist or murderer?  Obviously not.  Jesus says the sum of the Law is to do unto others as you would have them do to you.  Obviously you need to discipline your children. You do not “do good to ” rapists and murderers.  You put them in jail.  

To  use “turn the other cheek” as an excuse to refuse to confront evil in the world is NOT a Christian ideal. Refusing to confront evil is SUPPORTING evil.  Supporting evil goes against every teaching of Christ.   Actually, coming to the defense of others is a uniquely Christian concept - and the basis for the Just War Theory.