A favorite maxim of liberal anti-war activists is the uselessness of war: that “war changes nothing.” Only mental blindness exceeds their refusal to face facts. I have a good-sized file proving exactly the opposite. When I find it again I’ll write a blog.
Consider for this blog the results of WWI and WWII achieving God’s predictive will. In WWI nine million soldiers and thousands of civilians died. Four empires fell during the war, and statesmen re-drew Europe’s geo-political map. But God’s spiritual purpose was the destruction of the Ottoman Empire, which had ruled Palestine for 400 years. That brought the British Mandate over Palestine, which led to the Balfour Doctrine in 1917 that pledged to support a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Few gave it much thought.
Then WWII came, at the end of which at least 50 million people had died, among them 6 million Jews. While every single person of those millions mattered to God, historic events mattered more. For the promise of the Balfour Doctrine, made 31 years before, was fulfilled in the founding of the Jewish state in 1948—which wouldn’t have been accomplished without the Holocaust.
So…when skeptics ask, “Was it necessary for 30 million people to die for God to provide Israel a homeland?”, that isn’t the right question—and we’ll never get the right answer by asking the wrong question. That question is wrong because it puts humanity, not God, first in life and history; and puts humanity, not God, at the center of life. That’s the very temptation that led Adam and Eve to sin; the very perspective that has afflicted humanity since; the very selfishness Jesus overthrew when teaching self-denial as the basis of discipleship.
Therefore, the right question is, “Is the implementation of God’s sovereignty over history worth the price humanity has to pay?” The answer is YES, because: if God isn’t in charge of life, and his will isn’t done in history, Satan is in charge and his will is done—and NO GOOD will come to anyone from that. Therefore, it doesn’t matter what price humanity has to pay for God’s will to be done, since we cannot afford to pay for God’s will NOT TO BE DONE!—and that’s a subject in itself.
Now…we intellectually like the idea that we’re not drifting aimlessly through history, but we’re uneasy with the implication that while God exercises his sovereign will innocent people suffer and righteous people die. We want God’s will to be done painlessly—though that’s impossible in a fallen world wholeheartedly deceived by Satan. You see, he also understands what’s at stake, isn’t going to easily surrender territories and humans he’s misled and corrupted. He will have to be forcefully evicted from every stronghold he’s built in humanity.