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In Libya, the last resort

An anti-Gaddafi rebel prays and chants along a road during clashes with pro-Qaddafi forces near Ras Lanuf

Q. With his new book, Love Wins, Pastor Rob Bell has stirred an enormous debate in Christian circles on heaven, hell and the nature of God. Bells thesis is that God wouldnt allow only evangelicals into heaven and condemn everyone else to eternal hell. Will only a few select people make it to heaven? ... And will billions and billions of people burn forever in hell? Bell asks provocatively in a video previewing the book. Bells critics have accused him of leading Christians astray, calling the minister a universalist and a heretic.  In this life (and, perhaps, the next) why does what we think about the afterlife matter?

  
Apostle Paul wrote, If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone. We should strive to maintain peace but only to the extent that others are willing to be fellow collaborators for peace.

We were justified in striking Libya in 1986. After a cooling off period, the US actively sought to reestablish a relationship with a man who has American blood on his hands. Our country has already offered an olive branch. Gaddafi is responsible for terrorizing Americans and is today terrorizing his own people. It is absolutely just to strike Libyan regime targets to try and protect people from slaughter.

If a nations army strikes us, we are justified in hitting back harder than their initial blow. When a terrorist is successful, we are justified in targeting their organizations training camp, the governments, and the individuals who assist them. When a government uses military force to silence political opposition, the citizens have a right to defend their fundamental freedoms rebellion - and the world is justified in intervening, even more so when we are asked to provide emergency assistance. A crippling display of military firepower is sometimes the only way to end an assault on our country, our allies, and people who seek freedom and are willing to die for it.

Surely, the scope of our intervention must be justified and each situation calls for a tailored response.

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Please note that in discussing political issues, candidates positions and political party statements, Jordan Sekulow is offering analysis in his individual capacity as lawyer and commentator. He is not speaking on behalf of the American Center for Law & Justice. The ACLJ does not endorse or oppose candidates for public office. Nothing contained in this article should be construed as the position of the ACLJ.

 

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