Violent Justice

In response to this thread at Pontifications, here’s a quote from “The Reckoning“, by James Huggins, pp139-140. In the words of character Malachi Halder:

Violence is an ugly thing. I deplore it. But not as you might believe.

I believe that violence is an terrible thing, a tragic thing. But I have lived a long time, and I have seen the evil done by men, and I have learned that not all violence is unjust.

Did you know that the Greek word diakonoi, used to designate those who teach the God’s Scriptures in church is the same Greek word used in the Bible to designate those who wield the sword to establish justice on Earth?

Strange, is it not, that the Bible would use the same word diakonoi, to describe both those who teach the Word of God and those of a government who wield the sword, establishing by physical force God’s code for moral justice? And this, among other reasons, is why I believe we must confront these people, even to the point of using physical force, if necessary, to defend both ourselves and others.

Many Christians feel that any type of violence is wrong. That is foolishness. It is God who established man’s moral code of conduct to be a reflection of His own holy character. In truth, it is a simple thing. But there is an aversion to responsibility in the world, and men may conjure reasons to the horizon to explain away their laziness and lack of courage. But in essence I will say that God had given man a moral code, and that moral code requires man to enforce justice, to deliver punishment, and to protect the needy. So in order to accomplish these tasks, God long ago bestowed upon man the solemn right to use force even physical violence. You see, God values justice on the Earth very highly. Even the death penalty was ordained by God as just punishment for certain crimes committed by man. So this argument that all violence is wrong is not only unbiblical, it is immoral.

“What about ‘Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord;’?” you ask. True. And there will surely be vengeance in the world to come. And God does forbid vengeance for personal satisfaction. But that does not mean God is reserving all dispensation of justice for the hereafter. That manner of logic is foolishness. God intended that just and moral men would reflect His holy nature by inflicting justice upon those who would oppress the Earth. Anything less than this would lead to monstrous cruelty, anarchy, and unbridled chaos. As Christian men we should not stand to the side, arms folded, praying and watching passively while cruel beings stride arrogantly and mercilessly past, grinding the broken bodies of the weak, of children and those who cannot defend themselves into the dust! No! We must reach out with strong hands. And with strong minds to lay hold of these murderers, yes, even shed their blood if necessary, to bring an end to their cruelty.

It was God Himself who placed such an inestimable value on human life. And we also must place such a value. We cannot allow men to terrorize with death and violence and oppression. And if it is necessary to use force to stop them, then we must use whatever force is required. All men have a moral obligation to defend the weak, to protect the poor. Anything less than this is cowardice. To say we must not use violence because violence is immoral is only a cowardly excuse for escaping the responsibility that man has been so solemnly granted by an omnipotent God, a god who, since the beginning, has used His servants to strike down those who would so oppressively shed the blood of man.

If this argument for pacifism were taken to the logical conclusion, no one would be able to serve in as president, as a mayor, senator, police officer, or in the military. Because all of those offices endorse the use of force, even physical violence to the point of terminating human life. It is sadly and often a necessity of life, and I have not been a stranger to it. It is a solemn responsibility that I have sorrowfully accepted, and I will not use my own cowardice or any complacent, isolationist perversity to separate myself from the hard truth that man must sometimes shed blood to serve and honour God.

One of the strongest arguments I have read is this;

This is not politically correct advice. But I think it’s time to start being blunt. One of the major problems is the unwillingness of liberal enlightened people in the west to recognize danger when it is approaching. I think Islamic immigration should be banned in Europe for at least ten years. Our own immigration laws are so restrictive already that it is not a major issue here. But in Europe and many other culturally Christian parts of the world there is a serious danger that they are going to be overwhelmed in an Islamic tidal wave. And their total inability to see Islam as something other than a benign religion is very frightening.

It reminds me of a story I once heard. There was an old man who walked into an Irish bar and ordered a drink. The bartender started to converse with the customer and the topic came up of ancestry. The old man said he was Jewish and his family had been wiped out by the Nazis. The Irish bartender sighed in sympathy and asked why the man’s family did not flee when the Nazis took over. The old man said they were an educated and cultured people. They could no believe anyone was capable of such evil. The bartender said his family knew that the Jews were going to be massacred almost as soon as Hitler took office. “How is that?” asked the old man in disbelief. He replied “Because Hitler said he would do it. And while my family was not educated or cultured, no Irishman has ever underestimated man’s capacity for evil. We know better from experience.”


4 thoughts on “Violent Justice

  1. The use of diakonoi to justify violence is tenuous at best. It’s a typical misreading of Romans 13.

    However, if we assumed that violence was allowed we must ask, in what circumstances?

    I think that, at best, violence is a necessary evil that is to undertaken reluctantly. It is ALWAYS an evil.

    God does not bless violence like he blesses marriage, that’s for certain.

    I agree, however, that the unwillingness of liberal and enlightened people to see that most of the Islamic world is neither liberal nor enlightened is disturbing.

  2. God does not bless violence like he blesses marriage, that’s for certain.

    What about “Smite and spare not?”

    Just a thought. I liked the Huggins book, although his latest one (Cain) was a little creepy.

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