How can we put an end to warfare? Some say we must learn to negotiate with our enemies, compromise our own values, capitulate to our enemies demands, disarm ourselves, appease our enemies when they are aggressive and show them that we only have good intentions. But, in fact, this is the way to lose a war.
When civilized people negotiate with evil, they embolden evil. When good people compromise their values, they strengthen bad people. When peaceful people capitulate to terroristic demands, they are surrendering themselves. When anyone disarms himself he is at the mercy of armed villains. When the response to aggression is appeasement, the aggressors want more. When we face evil with good intentions alone, evil prevails. Losing the war is the result of such passive actions as these.
Am I talking about physical warfare alone, or is this true of spiritual warfare too? Well, did Jesus negotiate with the devil, ever compromise the truth, capitulate under pressure, disarm himself as a means to peace, appease the wicked aggressors, or show himself to have good intentions alone? Hardly! Jesus fought a battle against evil and won because he would not negotiate, compromise, capitulate, disarm, appease, or simply show good intentions. We will never make peace with the world. We’re in a spiritual battle all our lives. It’s time we battle evil as Jesus expects us to.