Heroes are made through sacrifice. Cain’s sacrifice was unacceptable to God. In anger Cain killed the one he loved the most, his brother.
When King David was a boy, as a hero, he killed lions and bears. The shepherd David made the jungle a safe place for women to raise children. Then David joined the military. God had promised to fight for Israel and to drive their enemies from the land with hornets. King David took the defense against Philistines on his own shoulders. God would not allow David to build the temple because he had so much blood of men on his hands.
Saint Martin of Tours, a hero, joined the Roman military and acted as a policeman. When asked to go into battle, Martin refused to kill, because killing was contrary to his Christian faith.
Superman can catch a bullet with his hand and save the pretty girl from certain death.
Sidewalk counselors, as heroes, risk reputation and injury in front of abortion clinics to help young pregnant girls and rescue babies from death.
On October 1, 2017 Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured 422 by firing on the crowd. Many heroes in Las Vegas shielded the helpless from bullets with their own bodies and carried the injured to safety.
Jesus, the ultimate hero, conquered Rome, death and hell by dying on the cross.
When marines went to Honduras to ensure cheap bananas for the US, were they more like Cain or like Jesus?
When US pilots bombed villages in Laos because the Laotians would not send their 13 year old sons to fight against North Vietnam, were these pilots more like Cain or like Jesus?
When US pilots bombed every North Korean village, killing thousands of innocent men, women and children, were they more like Cain or like Jesus?
When American soldiers keep the Middle East in perpetual war killing millions of innocent people to ensure cheap oil and weapons contracts for the US, are they more like Cain or like Jesus?
Should a Christian fight for the US military?
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12. NIV
By Jon Kauffman
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