LewRockwell has an interesting article basically asking “Who would Jesus bomb?” I never understood those who used that phrase as a rhetorical device. Of course they believe the answer should be “no one”, but this is ignoring basic Christian doctrine.
Christianity claims that Jesus is God. Paul states that the fullness of God was in Jesus (Col 2:9). So if Jesus is God, and God destroyed various peoples, cities, and individuals in the Old and New Testament, then we can populate a brief list of people Jesus would bomb.
Sodom and Gomorrah
The rebellious Israelites at Mount Sinai
Ananias and Sapphira
The list goes on (for a more complete list, see “How many has God killed?”). But the striking thing about this list is that some of the instances are flat out land grabs. God commanded Israel into war to take land. And God coupled this with a command to take no prisoners:
Deu 20:16 “But of the cities of these peoples which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance, you shall let nothing that breathes remain alive,
This leads to an interesting incident in which wise pagan princes, to spare their people, deceive the Israelites into taking the princes’ people as indentured servants. How does the Bible report this event? With hostility! Israel failed their duty to clear the land.
Jos 9:3 But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai,
Jos 9:4 they worked craftily…
Jos 9:6 And they went to Joshua, to the camp at Gilgal, and said to him and to the men of Israel, “We have come from a far country; now therefore, make a covenant with us.”…
Jos 9:8 But they said to Joshua, “We are your servants.” And Joshua said to them, “Who are you, and where do you come from?”
Jos 9:9 So they said to him: “From a very far country your servants have come, because of the name of the LORD your God; for we have heard of His fame, and all that He did in Egypt…
Jos 9:14 Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the LORD.
Jos 9:15 So Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them to let them live; and the rulers of the congregation swore to them.
Jos 9:16 And it happened at the end of three days, after they had made a covenant with them, that they heard that they were their neighbors who dwelt near them…
Jos 9:18 But the children of Israel did not attack them, because the rulers of the congregation had sworn to them by the LORD God of Israel. And all the congregation complained against the rulers.
Jos 9:19 Then all the rulers said to all the congregation, “We have sworn to them by the LORD God of Israel; now therefore, we may not touch them.
Jos 9:20 This we will do to them: We will let them live, lest wrath be upon us because of the oath which we swore to them.”
It is clear that God tasked Israel to clear the land, a scorched earth policy. It is also telling that once Israel made the truce, they did not renege on their end although the oath was made under false pretenses. Begrudgingly, Israel accepted willing servants rather than kill them all. This is not the picture LewRockwell.com would have us believe.
In short, there are plenty of people whom Jesus would bomb. Total War was not invented by Sherman or Creative Assembly, but by God. When Jesus says “turn the other cheek”, he is not setting government policy. He is not saying for the government to let murderers kill again or for thieves to steal double. He is talking to individuals.
That being said, the LewRockwell article is directed towards Syria, and I don’t believe Jesus would bomb Syria. But that does not mean he would never bomb anyone.