What Chuck Colson Would Say about U. S. Airstrikes and ISIS

Chuck Colson
Chuck Colson

You can call it what you want. Airstrikes. Limited military action. Leading a coalition. But let’s face it, the U.S. is at war again in the Middle East.

On Tuesday, U. S. forces launched “waves” of fighter aircraft and nearly 50 ship-based cruise missiles against ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria. According to the Wall Street Journal, five Arab nations participated in the airstrikes: Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

It seems like this escalation was inevitable. Thousands of massacred Christians, Shiites, and Iraqi military personnel; entire populations uprooted and taxing the resources of neighboring countries; fear in Baghdad and Jordan; and of course, the beheading of kidnapped journalists.

In times like these, I can’t help but wonder what my friend Chuck Colson would have thought—and said, even on this program.

And I know he would have said something. He was, after all, a fervent patriot, a former Marine Captain, and a top aide to the President of the United States. He loved his country, he respected its armed forces, and most of all, he cared about the right.

But he was also a disciplined Christian thinker: He did his level best, and I would say succeeded, to harness his political and geopolitical instincts, and examine them through the lens of a Christian worldview. And when it came to war, he talked frequently about what is called “just war theory.”

That might sound a bit academic, but it isn’t. It’s critical—not only because, as its name implies, justice depends on it. But a war-weary public will never back placing our men and women in harm’s way yet again without being convinced of the following:

First, that the purpose of the war is just, that is, we enter it with the right intent. That intent, in this case, is to stop the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent people and to prevent ISIS from, to use the current term, metastasizing.

Second, we’ve got to know that there’s a reasonable chance that we will succeed. And there the public is wary, as are many of our political and military leaders. Many believe even more strenuous measures may be necessary.

Now, there are other criteria for a just war: proper governing authority, proportionality, not targeting civilians, etc.

But I want to leave you with something Chuck said about war that may surprise you.

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SOURCE: Christian Headlines
Eric Metaxas, BreakPoint