by Phillip Mutzelburg
As I get older, I am often asked to make a comment regarding the approach a Christian should have toward the celebration of Anzac Day. The question put simply is how should a Christian approach this national day?
Let me say from the top as an ex professional soldier who served during the Vietnam era and lost mates to the ravages of war, it should never be the intention of anyone to celebrate war, but a grim reminder that we cannot glorify war
On Thursday the 25 April we will celebrate as a nation our most sacred day, Anzac Day
Anzac Day is important to us because it is widely accepted that the spirit of the nation was born on the blood-stained beaches of Gallipoli.
It should never be the intention of anyone to celebrate war, but a grim reminder that we cannot glorify war
Australia is the only nation of the modern era not born in blood and there is credible thinking from scripture that unless there is the shedding of blood
a covenant cannot be established.
1 Jan 1901 was a peaceful day around the colonies, they came together in exuberant celebration to form the new nation of Australia. There was no blood on the streets and things continued much as before. Once the parties were over, numerous newspaper reports stated that the overwhelming feeling in the community was, "nothing much has changed".
The 25 April 1915 was a dreadful day of human carnage and the blood of young Australian's was everywhere. Everything changed for Australia that day and the nation has never been the same since.
The spirit of our nation was born at Gallipoli, but we can take heart that a spirit of war was not born at Gallipoli.
Young Australians went ignorantly to the adventure of seeing new places and experiencing what, to that time, they could only read about. They had no idea they would be thrown into a four-year struggle commanded by a foreign power that had little regard for human life.
There is some research that suggests Australians are more resistant to settling disputes with arms than many of the nations we are allied with. It is truly a last resort for us, but as member of a community of nations there are times when we do go to war.
Here are a few musings about war for consideration.
What is the cause of war ???
The bible says it is selfishness and pride
James 4 v 1 -2 says….
Where do you think all these appalling wars and quarrels come from? Do you think they just happen? They come about because you want your own way and fight for it. Deep inside yourself you want what is not yours and will risk violence to get your hands on it.
Is it ever right to fight?
Ecc 3 v 8 and 11 says….
There is a time for war and a time for peace,
and everything is beautiful in its time.
Many of the heroes of faith were military men. There are numerous examples of war being the means that God used to work out his purpose.
Jesus honoured the station in life of the Roman Centurion.
Jesus himself used force to remove the money changes from the temple.
Will the world ever have permanent peace?
There is a day coming, but not until Jesus comes back.
Jesus said in Matt 24 v 6….
There will always be wars until the prince of peace comes back.
We will not see peace in our lifetime.
We do not celebrate war on Anzac Day. You will never hear a veteran talk about the glory of war, but you will hear over and over again, I hope no one ever has to suffer the pain of battle again. I hope our young men and women never have to experience what we experienced.
We will never celebrate war on Anzac Day,