There is much debate this day about how to respond to horrific waves of violence. The Bible is clear. Evil inhabits the world we live in. Sometimes evil takes a violent form. When this happens a violent response is appropriate, even mandated! This is an important truth, a fact of life that your children must know. It is important to train and encourage people to turn against evil and violence. The virtues of peace must never be forgotten. However, when violence occurs under the banner of evil, those who do such evil should fear the sword. If these evildoers have no fear of a violent response against them, then there can be no expectation that their violent acts will be deterred.
Notice carefully what the Holy Spirit says in Romans 13:4:
For the one in authority is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God's servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.
While the truth laid out in this passage may be repugnant to some, nonetheless, this truth is essential for any form of orderly government to survive and offer protection for its citizens. There are times when words are ineffective. There are times when the violent response of the sword is all that stands between safety and chaos. Those who would bring violence must know that violence will be returned to them for their actions. This response must be strong enough to strike fear into their hearts.
[Read the rest of the article at Shepherd Press.]