Not wanting to go under arms does not mean that people of a certain age could not commit themselves to helping in a country at war.
As conscientious objectors, Christadelphians or Brothers in Christ are bound by the Laws of God whereby the killing of others is not an issue. War is to be avoided, but if it does occur, there are opportunities even for conscientious objectors to serve and show the love of God to others in trouble.
Fleeing a country because one is afraid is more likely to show a different reason than “conscientious objection” to the right cause. Of course, one must also take into account everyone’s state of mind, but not wanting to stand up to help others in difficulties does not really testify to love for one’s neighbour or love for a fatherland. (Not that the latter should be essential).
But where people are in need, one must dare to come to their aid. Even if a Christian will not and should not take up arms, he can in many ways come to the aid of his neighbour in a war zone.
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- Faith, Science and the objectivity of expert evidence
- An Interfaith Call for the Freedom of Mumia Abu-Jamal
- “The delicacy and fragility of life hit me”: Kyle Toon’s Journey to Conscientious Objection
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- Edward Lees and Frank Parton: Men who chose different paths
- In Rod Dreher’s new book political left, right threaten public religious practice
- Why there MUST be a Senate Inquiry into the Religious Discrimination Bill
- We: Draft refusal
- Resisting Evil: is there only one answer?
- What were Military Service Tribunals?
- ‘War to end war’: the Union of Democratic Control and the call for alternatives to conflict
- Against the tide, against the war: conscientious objection in South London, 1914-1918
- Most Swedish Pentecostals Used to be Pacifists… But Their Eschatology Was Extremely Violent
- Share the Wealth with Robert MacArthur– Military Service & Conscientious Objection: A Personal Perspective
Amid the horrifying situation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, I was concerned every time I heard that Ukrainian men aged 18 – 60 were banned from leaving the country.
I studied war resistance and conscientious objection extensively while a student at Scattergood Friends School. All males in the US were required to register for the draft at the time of their eighteenth birthday. I was a Senior at Scattergood then (1969). I went through the process of applying for and was granted conscientious objector status while I tried to prepare my family for my decision to turn in my draft cards. Which I did.
This is a bit ironic because Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative)’s Peace and Social Concerns Committee discussed conscientious objector counseling at our recent meeting. That was brought up in part related to the war in Ukraine. Also, as an opportunity to engage our youth in discussions…
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