As a follow-up to one of yesterday’s posts here’s an interesting video on the role of the military in promoting peace in a fallen world. The speaker, Peter van Uhm, is the Netherlands’ chief of defense. In his presentation he touches on a point made by the Church in the document Basis of the Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church (VIII.2):
While recognising war as evil, the Church does not prohibit her children from participating in hostilities if at stake is the security of their neighbours and the restoration of trampled justice. Then war is considered to be necessary though undesirable but [just] means. In all times, Orthodoxy has had profound respect for soldiers who gave their lives to protect the life and security of their neighbours. The Holy Church has canonised many soldiers, taking into account their Christian virtues and applying to them Christ’s world: «Greater love hath no man but this, that a man lay down his life for his friends» (Jn. 15:13).
Thanks to Nathaniel McCallum for pointing the video out to me.